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Part-time employees are persons whose usual hours of work are less than the normal working hours. This definition encompasses all forms of part-time work (half-day work, work for one, two or three days a week, etc.). This number may be established at the national, regional, industrial or unit level.

The number of part-time employees is calculated by reference to the number of hours worked per week for which they are paid. The number of hours is considered in relation to the length of what is considered to be a full-time working week in the Member State or the sector of the unit or the unit itself.

It should be noted that whereas the "full-time employee" category is relatively homogeneous, the same cannot be said of the "part-time employee" category since this can cover anything between 20% or even less and 80% or more of the normal working hours of the employing unit.

It is impossible to establish an exact distinction between part-time and full-time work due to variation in working practices between Member States and industries.

Source Publication:
Definitions of Structural Business Statistics Regulation (Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2700/98 of 17 December 1998) variables (16 13 1)

Cross References:
Part-time employment/work
Part-time work, involuntary

Statistical Theme: Labour statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 10, 2003