District tops the poll for part-time workers

BANBRIDGE has topped the Northern Ireland league for part-time workers, according to a new report from campaigning trade union, GMB.

Along with Antrim, Banbridge District Council area was found to have 8,000 part-time workers aged 16 and over - which represents 30.8 per cent of the resident working population in both areas.

However, the report points out that his mushrooming of part-time jobs is “at the expense of full-time employment and is characterised by low pay, insecurity and bad conditions”.

Next in the regional league with the highest percentage of the resident workforce employed part-time is Derry (26.8 per cent), followed by Newtownabbey (26.5 per cent); with Lisburn sitting at 25 per cent.

The two areas with the lowest percentage of their workforce employed part-time are Newry (20.5 per cent) and Craigavon (18.6 per cent).

Throughout Northern Ireland, 176,000 people are employed in part-time jobs, representing 22.8 per cent of all workers resident in the province.

This puts Northern Ireland in 11th place out of 12 in the Great Britain league for the highest percentage of resident workforce employed part-time.

The report, launched at the GMB Equality Conference in Coventry last week, also reported that a massive 7,222,500 (25.7 per cent) workers aged 16-24 and resident in Great Britain are employoed in part-time jobs.

Commenting on the findings, Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB National Officer, said, “Employers need to recognise that the major reasons people opt for part-time working is that they need flexible hours for childcare duties or that they cannot find a full-time job.

“We are calling for the Government to have an economic strategy based on quality job creation and growth.”

The union is now calling for employers to allow part-time workers flexibility in terms of working hours and when they take their holidays, as well as ensuring they are given equal access to pension arrangements and training and the opportunity to increase their hours where possible,

For further information visit www.gmb.org.uk