Only 6 pct of Romanians work part-time, one of the lowest shares in the EU

Sorin Melenciuc 21/06/2019 | 13:22

Romania has one of the lowest shares of part-time workers among the 28 European Union member states, of 6 percent, far below the EU average, Eurostat data show.

In 2018, the share of people aged 20-64 who worked part-time in the EU stood at 19 percent. In 2005, the share was 17 percent and it has been rising gradually since then, reaching 18 percent in 2010 and 19 percent in 2012.

Among the EU Member States, the Netherlands has the highest proportion of part-time employment in this age group (47 percent), followed by Austria (28 percent) and Germany (27 percent).

At the other end of the scale, four Member States have 5 percent or less of their 20-64-year-old in part-time employment: Croatia and Slovakia (both 5 percent), Hungary (4 percent) and Bulgaria (2 percent).

Romania has the 7th lowest share in the EU of people aged 20-64 who work part-time.

In every EU Member State in 2018, the proportion of people aged 20-64 in part-time employment was higher among women than among men. Across the EU as a whole, 31 percent of women aged 20-64 were in part-time employment compared with 8 percent for men, a difference of 23 percentage points (pp).

The largest differences between the part-time employment rates for women and for men were in the Netherlands (51 pp), Austria (38 pp) and Germany (37 pp). In contrast, the differences were smallest in Bulgaria (0.4 pp) and Romania (0.6 pp).

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