In FOCUS / 2017-01-10
Part-time employment: one in seven part-time employees wishes to work more hours
In accordance with a new bill, employees in Germany shall in future be entitled to return to their usual hours of work after a phase of part-time work. To date employees have only been entitled to the right of part-time work without time limitation.
In 2015, 14% of the part-time employees aged 15 to 74 years wanted and were available to work more hours. In recent years, however, the proportion of these so-called underemployed people in the total of part-time employees has declined; it was still 19% in 2011. The number of men working part-time has been much smaller than that of women. However, the proportion of male part-timers who wanted to work more hours (19%) was larger than that of women (13%).
As opposed to the underemployed people, there were also people in (mainly full-time) employment who wanted to work less hours in 2015. On the whole, 3% of the full-time employees aged between 15 and 74 wanted to work less hours - with a corresponding reduction in their income.