TUC analysis published today using official figures, shows that the number of men doing part-time jobs because they can’t find full-time work more than doubled to nearly 600,000 between December 2007 and December 2011. The number of under-employed women has increased by 74% to 780,000, bringing the total number of people in involuntary part-time work to a record 1.38 million.
The proportion of women working part-time that don’t want a full-time job, often because of family and caring responsibilities, has also been falling. This shows that the recent rise in part-time employment has mainly come about through necessity rather than choice.
Number of people doing part-time work because couldn’t find full-time jobs,Q4 2011 (by region and gender)
(Quarterly Labour Force Survey, October – December, 2011)
When this crisis began I said 4 million people would be unemployed as a result of it.
Add together the unemployed and underemployed now and we're there - and it's only going to get worse.