Employment options of the future: labour market participation
Labour market participation
- 35% of employed workers are happy with their current working hours; 11% would like to work more and about 54% would like to work less.
- Among the non-working population, there is a widespread intention to take up paid employment within the next five years.
- Despite this, confidence about finding work is low, as is the take-up of advice on the labour market.
- There is a high level of previous work experience among the non-employed (the term includes 'young entrants' to the workforce, 'women returners' and 'unemployed persons'), but there is also evidence of extended breaks from work.
- Job security is a key factor in the job-search strategies of most employment seekers. Only 'young entrants' would accept a non-permanent contract.
- There is a great demand for part-time work among 'women returners'. Full-time work within the next five years is not an option for 75% of these. Most would like between 20 and 35 hours a week.
- Entrants and re-entrants to the labour market are flexible in their preferences. More than 80% are willing to work part-time and 30% would consider self-employment.
Work status and aspirations
Page last updated: 17 December, 2007