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Thursday 19 April 2012

Improvement in part-time working 'is good news'

The rise in the number of people being employed in part-time jobs in the UK is good news for both the jobs market and the economy, it has been noted.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, made the comments after new labour market statistics released by the Office for National Statistics showed that the overall unemployment figures in the UK fell by 35,000 over the last quarter.

In addition, the number of people working part-time has increased, and Mr Green said it correlates with the REC's monthly data, showing employer demand for permanent staff is at an eight-month high.

"The increase in people working part-time is a good thing. Most people working part-time are doing so out of choice. Taking on a part-time job can be a stepping stone to landing the full-time position they want," he added.

The expert said that part-time work and flexible hours provide a means for many people to work around other commitments in their live.

"People are increasingly asking bosses for greater flexibility in their hours and we believe this is going to be a continuing trend in the UK labour market," Mr Green added.

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