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More men are working part-time

Published: May 16, 2016

A growing number of men are choosing to work part-time, according to new findings.

Research published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) revealed that there will be a 20 percent increase in the number of part-time male workers by 2024, with a rise of only seven percent for part-time female workers.

It forecasts an increase of seven percent for women but only three percent for men over the same period.

Lesley Giles, research director at UKCES, told the Guardian: “The increase in men working flexible hours has been catalysed by the right to shared parental leave, but seems to be gaining traction. Coupled with other changes, like the growth of jobs in sectors traditionally dominated by women, this could represent a real change in the way people work and the way we understand gender roles in the labour market. While part-time work is most common in low-paid professions and is largely dominated by women, this report shows the first signs of that trend changing.”

The professional services and IT sector has seen particularly strong employment growth, with an estimated two million jobs set to be added these sectors over the next two years.

Although there is set to be an increase in men working part-time, overall the female labour force is expected to expand faster.

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