Part-time work more beneficial for women than men

Part-time work can prove more beneficial financially to women than to men, if figures released as part of an Office of National Statistics (ONS) report are anything to go by.

Compiled by the Federation of European Employers (FedEE), the stats found that where part-time women earn £8.03 per hour, on average, men earn £7.66. Where men earn 11.7 per cent more in full time roles than their female counterparts, it seems part-time working restores the balance slightly.

Robin Chater, the secretary-general of the FedEE, told Peoplemanagement.co.uk what he thinks of the stats. Chater explained: “This shows how the overall figures for the gender pay gap are highly misleading.

“The size of the gap is largely because a much higher proportion of women work part-time than men, and part-time earnings for both genders are lower than for full-time work,” he added on Employeebenefits.co.uk.

An additional report released by the GMB union – backed by ONS data – also gave an insight into the geographical demographic of Britain’s part-time workers. It seems those with jobs in London are least likely to be working on a part-time basis.

The South West boasts the highest volume of part-time workers in the UK; with 28.5 per cent of its workforce in part-time positions. Wales followed, with the South East coming in third.

by Deborah Bates on March 27, 2012

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