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Portuguese law contains no general regulation of part-time work. Such work is perceived more as a concession made by the employer than as one of the ways of increasing labour flexibility and does not have the importance it has assumed in other European countries. A similar absence of regulation is found in collective bargaining, although some recent agreements have included rules on the hiring of part-time workers and the arrangement of relevant working hours. There are, however, particular situations where employees are granted the right to work on a part-time basis, as is the case for employees with children under the age of 12 and employees who are simultaneously attending study courses (see flexible/reduced working hours ). Such arrangements are rare in practice, and the supply of and demand for this type of employment are extremely small. According to the figures for 1993 (Ministry of Employment and Social Security, 1994), the majority of employees (66 per cent.) work more than 40 hours per week, with only 0.1 per cent. working fewer than 24 hours and 2.7 per cent. between 25 and 34 hours.