The latest ABS statistics show there were 821,000 part-time workers who preferred and were available to work more hours. Additionally, about half of the underemployed part-time workers preferred to work full-time hours (47.5%).
Most of those part-time underemployed workers wanted just another 10 hours of work while 44.4% had spent a year or more working in a job with insufficient hours.
The ABS said the number of underemployed part-time workers has actually fallen 189,000 from 1,010,000 in February 2021 (which was 24.9% of all part-time workers). That decline was broken down into men, which fell by 95,000 from 421,000 to 326,000 (32.1% to 25.8%) and women which fell by 94,000 from 589,000 to 494,000 (21.4% to 17.6%).
“In February 2022, about half of the underemployed part-time workers preferred to work full-time hours (47.5% or 389,700 underemployed part-time workers),” the ABS said.
“The other half preferred to work more hours but remain working part-time (52.5%, or 431,200 underemployed part-time workers). Of that, it was men aged 25 to 44 years who were most likely to prefer to work full time (73.3%), while women aged 65 years and over were least likely to prefer to work full time (8.1%).
In February 2022, 364,200 underemployed part-time workers spent a year or more working in a job with insufficient hours (44.4% of all underemployed part-time workers), according to the ABS.
Half of all underemployed part-time workers worked with insufficient hours for 39 weeks or less (median duration of insufficient hours).