More than half new jobs are part-time

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The pos­i­tive course of job cre­ation in the first nine months of the year is over­shad­owed by the ram­pant growth of part-time or short-term po­si­tions and the re­duc­tion of full­time open­ings.

Fig­ures from the La­bor Min­istry’s Er­gani data­base showed yes­ter­day that this has been the best first nine months of the year since 2001 with such a high num­ber of sur­plus jobs, which out­num­bered de­par­tures by 288,369. There were 2,057,917 hir­ing an­nounce­ments and 1,769,548 de­par­tures.

The gap be­tween part- and full­time em­ploy­ment con­tin­ued to in­crease in the same pe­riod. Part­time hir­ings ac­counted to 53.02 per­cent of all hir­ings in the Jan­uary-Septem­ber pe­riod, up from 48.58 per­cent four years ear­lier.

In Septem­ber alone Er­gani recorded a sur­plus of 6,556 jobs, with 271,872 hir­ings and 265,316 de­par­tures, while flex­i­ble forms of la­bor ac­counted for 59.11 per­cent of hir­ings. How­ever, com­pared to Septem­ber 2017, 10,572 fewer jobs were cre­ated last month. Over the year to end-Septem­ber, though, there were 22,498 more jobs cre­ated than a year ear­lier.

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