Number Of New Full-Time Jobs Falls

Only one in every 40 jobs created since the recession has been for a full-time employee, according to a new study.

The TUC said the share of all full-time jobs had fallen from 64% in 2008 to 62%, equivalent to a shortfall of 669,000 full-time workers.

The report is published ahead of the latest unemployment figures which are expected to show a continuing rise in employment, but will not substantially reverse the reduced share for full-time jobs, said the union organisation.

Despite the recent economic growth, the number of part-time workers who want full-time hours is double what it was before the recession, at 1.3 million, said the TUC.

General secretary Frances O'Grady said: "While more people are in work, there are still far too few full-time employee jobs for everyone who wants one. It means many working families are on substantially lower incomes as they can only find reduced hours jobs or low-paid self-employment.

"The Chancellor has said he wants full employment, but that should mean full-time jobs for everyone who wants them. At the moment the economy is still not creating enough full-time employee jobs to meet demand.''

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "Despite what the TUC is suggesting, the vast majority of the rise in employment over the last year has been in full-time jobs and more than four out of five people who work part-time do so because they want to.

"Behind our record employment figures there are countless individual stories of hard work and determination - stories of people turning their lives around, of families who are now feeling more secure with a regular wage, and of young people escaping unemployment and building a career.''

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