Hanging in, but only just : part-time employment and in-work poverty throughout the crisis
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
IZA journal of European labor studies. - Heidelberg, 2012, currens
, 19 p.
University of Antwerp
The crisis has deepened pre-existing concerns regarding low-wage and non-standard employment. Countries where unemployment increased most strongly during the crisis period also saw part-time employment increasing, particularly involuntary part-time work. With involuntary part-time workers, as a particular group of underemployed, facing especially high poverty rates, this was accompanied by an increase, on average, in the poverty risk associated with working part-time. However, this was not reflected in a marked increase in the overall in-work poverty rate because full-time work remains dominant and its poverty risk did not change markedly. The household context is of the essence when considering policy implications.