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Second job workers taking on longer hours

Filed under: Recruitment General — Jonathan on October 2, 2012

The Office for National Statistics releases a high amount of data every single month. This month, one key revelation is that taking on a second job is the sole category of employment to have decreased in the UK, as well as being the one category which saw longer hours being worked. So anyone seeking a new position – browsing the latest penetration testing jobs and risk management vacancies – can focus on their career rather than have to carry the additional responsibility of a second job. However, they can expect to work for longer hours should they find they have no choice.

The number of people who take on second jobs fell by 20,000 – from around 1.14m to approximately 1.12m over three months – as the total number of those in work rose by 236,000.

On average, the number of hours worked per week marginally fell for both part-time and full-time workers – dropping by 12 minutes and six minutes, respectively.

Employees of second jobs, however, worked 9.9 hours every week – an increase from 9.3.

The Work Foundation researcher, Andrew Sissons, told Recruiter:

“The number of people with second jobs has remained surprisingly relatively flat throughout the recession, despite the large rises in part-time work and underemployment we’ve seen over the last couple of years.”

Sissons continued to say that the increase of hours that workers are taking on in second jobs is not an easy statistic to explain. He feels it is a possibility that these jobs have become more formalised, with employers seeking fewer members of staff but, at the same time, wanting them to take on more hours. However, he feels there is every chance that the current situation is only temporary.

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