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More Pinoys Working Part-time – DOLE
More people are now working part-time and they seem contented not having a full-time job.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said results of the April 2012 Labor Force Survey (LFS) indicated a rise in part-time employment and a decline in full-time employment nationwide.
While the quality of employment as indicated by the increase in the number of persons in wage and salary employment has improved, Baldoz said the positive development was negated by the decline in full-time and rise in part-time employment.
“This phenomenon was observed both across age groups and in the industry and services sectors. The unusual rise in part-time employment though appears to be voluntary,” Baldoz said.
She said the rise in part-time employment appeared voluntary because there was no notable increase in visible under-employment.
“No significant increase in visible underemployment means that a majority of those who found part-time employment during the quarter did not express the desire for additional hours of work,” Baldoz explained.
Baldoz, however, said the phenomenon could also be a fluke or temporary in nature, thus the need for further validation of the survey results.
She admitted though that the problem of under-employment remains a serious challenge despite a marginal decrease from 19.4 percent in April 2011 to 19.3 percent in April 2012.
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