Senior Partnerships Adviser
According to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, part-time working hours are ‘very important’ to nearly half of Australians seeking work or employed part-time.
The Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation report surveys 9.4 million people in Australia aged 18 years and over who are either not employed or who usually worked less than 35 hours per week and shows 76% of people not in the labour force but looking for work would prefer part-time work.
“We asked people what incentives encouraged them to look for work, or work more hours in their existing part-time jobs and the biggest consideration for both women and men was the continued availability of part-time hours,” said Stephen Collett of the ABS.
The availability and cost of childcare was among the reasons given for participants not seeking full-time work for people aged between 30 and 54.
“Nearly 60% of women caring for children said the availability of childcare places was a very important consideration when looking for work, followed by financial assistance with childcare costs.”
The Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation report can be downloaded from the ABS website.