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Why do Cypriots work part time?

September 18, 2019 at 10:02am
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Cyprus had the third highest share of persons who work part-time because they cannot find a full-time job, according to figures published by Eurostat on Wednesday.

It said that across the EU Member States, the share of persons who worked part-time because they could not find a full-time job in 2018 varied significantly.

The highest proportion was reported in Greece (70%), followed by Italy (66%), Cyprus (65%) and Bulgaria (59%).

The lowest shares were recorded in Estonia (6%), followed by Belgium, Czechia and Slovenia (7% each) and the Netherlands (8%).

The EU 28 average was 26%.

The figures for Cyprus show that 72.% of men and 60.3% of women (total 65%) said they worked part time because they could not find a full time job while 11.6% cited another family or personal responsibility.

And 5.8% said they were in education in training while 8.1% were looking after children or incapacitated relatives. Finally 2.9% said they worked part time because of own illness or disability.

Overall, 31.2 million women and 9.5 million men aged 20 to 64 worked part-time in the European Union in 2018. This represented 19% of total employment.

Respondents reported that the main reason for working part-time was “not finding a full- time job” (26%), followed closely by “looking after children or incapacitated adults” (24%).

Men (36%) reported that they worked part-time because of not finding a full-time job more frequently than women (23%).

On the other hand, working part-time to look after children or incapacitated adults was reported more often by women (29%) than men (6%).

The source data can be found in Eurostat dataset lfsi_pt_a and  lfsa_eppga (both part-time employment) and lfsa_epgar  (main reason for part-time employment).