One in every five en­gaged in shift em­ploy­ment, more than half in the public ad­min­is­tra­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

One in every five em­ploy­ees was en­gaged in shift em­ploy­ment and most of these were male, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics is­sued by the NSO for the year 2015.

Fig­ures show that more than half of the shift work­ers were en­gaged in the public ad­min­is­tra­tion, de­fence, ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man health and so­cial work ac­tiv­i­ties. These ac­count to more than 35% of the shift work­ing pop­u­la­tion. Some 30% were em­ployed in the whole­sale and re­tail trade, trans­porta­tion and stor­age, ac­com­mo­da­tion and food ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties.

Al­most 30% of shift work­ers were in­volved in ser­vices and sales, with 25.9% of all be­ing male shift work­ers and 36.8% be­ing their fe­male coun­ter­parts.

The ma­jor­ity of shift work­ers were per­ma­nently em­ployed on a full-time ba­sis.

The av­er­age hours worked by shift work­ers amount to 42.5 hours per week for full-timers and 24.4 hours per week for part-timers. Shift work­ers were more will­ing to work ad­di­tional hours with 14% of the to­tal, when com­pared to non-shift work­ers which ac­counts to some 10%.

Males were more likely to work atyp­i­cal hours (work car­ried out dur­ing week­ends or week­days be­tween 8pm and 5am) than fe­males.

Malta also recorded the sec­ond high­est share of per­sons work­ing at night in the EU (mainly due to the coun­try’s large share of em­ploy­ment in the health sec­tor).

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