When you look at the numbers, it’s not a great time to be a housekeeper.
The number of people working part-time and looking for work has almost halved in the past decade, while the number of full-time jobs has more than doubled.
But there’s no getting around the fact that the housing market has changed.
That’s partly due to the collapse in house prices, but it’s also because of the shift to part-timers.
A new report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has identified a number of factors that have made part-timer workers increasingly desirable in the job market.
The report’s authors found that part-TIME workers, those with fewer than six months of employment, were also more likely to be part-employed.
“Part-time workers were more likely than full-timters to have experienced negative employment outcomes,” they found.
“They were more often excluded from the labour market, less likely to find employment, less confident in their future, less satisfied with their earnings and job performance, and less satisfied in their social life.”
The study found that in many sectors, part-workers were perceived to be more stable and less likely than those who worked full-hours.
The authors said that part time workers tended to be older, more educated and less male than full timers.
They also tended to hold a higher proportion of lower-paid jobs, and were more reluctant to take a full-day job.
But despite the positive trends in part-people, the report found that they were still a disadvantaged group.
“Many of the findings suggest that there are still gaps in the labour force participation rates of part-and-for-half workers, particularly for women, and in the overall labour force,” it said.
Part-time work is still a problem, according to the report, with half of all workers in the country unemployed.
In Queensland, for example, half of people aged 18 to 64 who work part-hourly are unemployed, with another quarter in work-related part-employment.
The data on part- and full-hour jobs also suggests that the current government’s decision to limit part-month benefits to two weeks was an unhelpful one.
A further study published by the Centre found that about 25 per cent of part time jobs in Australia are insecure, meaning the person doing the work is not being paid enough.
In the Northern Territory, this rate is 27 per cent.
In Victoria, it is 35 per cent, according the report.
In both Western Australia and Queensland, the rate of insecure jobs is higher than that in the rest of the country.
“These findings highlight the need for policy to address these gaps in terms of ensuring the availability of full time jobs, as well as to ensure there is sufficient funding to provide support to part time work in a stable and sustainable manner,” the authors said.
“There are clear economic benefits for part- time workers, who are more likely, if not more likely now, to be employed and have a secure and healthy job.”
The report also found that insecure jobs were more common in industries that rely heavily on temporary or seasonal work, such as agriculture and hospitality.
The most recent ABS unemployment statistics for September 2018 found there were around 8,800 people with insecure jobs in the state of Victoria.
In NSW, there were 4,100 people with part-hours work and about 1,400 part-times.
The state is not alone in having an insecure labour market.
For example, a study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that while the median weekly wage for part time and temporary workers in Australia is $11.15, there is an additional $11 per week paid to those with part time.
In Western Australia, that wage is $12.08.
“The ABS’s findings highlight a significant challenge for many in the sector who have to juggle the demands of full and part-terms with their employment, and to keep their income,” the report said.