The new part-timers

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The Waspi woman

So-called af­ter the Women Against State Pen­sion In­equal­ity cam­paign that aims to high­light the dilemma of women born in the 1950s who, due to changes in the law, saw their re­tire­ment age in­crease with lit­tle or no no­tice. This has left a gen­er­a­tion of women in their 60s look­ing for part-time work to sus­tain them un­til they are able to claim their pen­sion.

The low-wage man

The num­ber of men work­ing part-time for a low wage has risen dra­mat­i­cally since the 1990s. Men aged be­tween 25 and 55 who were in the low­est quin­tile of hourly wages were four times more likely to be work­ing part-time now than they would have been 20 years ago.

The part-time CEO

Chief ex­ec­u­tives and com­pany direc­tors who work part-time may still be a rare breed, but they’re on the in­crease, as the Time­wise power list shows. The Learn­ing and Work In­sti­tute found that the num­ber of peo­ple work­ing part-time in se­nior roles in­creased by 5.7% last year.

The pub­lic sec­tor worker

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from Time­wise, jobs in the health sec­tor, so­cial ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing are most likely to be ad­ver­tised as open to flex­i­ble work­ing. Health Ed­u­ca­tion Eng­land fig­ures sug­gest the av­er­age GP now works four days a week, and one in four teach­ers work part-time. But for many in the pub­lic sec­tor, un­paid over­time means they’re still work­ing a 40-hour week.

The portfolio mil­len­nial

Ac­cord­ing to the Tay­lor re­view, com­mis­sioned by em­ploy­ment tsar Matthew Tay­lor, mil­len­ni­als and cen­ten­ni­als are more likely to be in work that is “char­ac­terised by con­trac­tual flex­i­bil­ity”. This might mean that they are choos­ing to pri­ori­tise their work­life bal­ance, or it could be be­cause of the lack of per­ma­nent sta­bil­ity in the jobs mar­ket.

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