Temporary employees, by sex and age

Three in 10 temporary employees are young people

  • Temporary employment continues to be predominant among youths aged 15 to 24. In 2007, 28.8% of young employees had temporary jobs, compared with 9.2% of core-aged employees (those aged 25 to 54). Most of the growth in temporary jobs during the 1997 to 2007 period (67.6%) was driven by youths and older workers (those 55 years and over).

  • Over 1 in 10 (11.5%) employees aged 55 years and over had temporary jobs in 2007. This rate has remained stable since 2000, but is up slightly from 1997 (8.6%). Because older workers were staying in the workforce longer (Ferrao and Marshall 2007), the number of older workers with a temporary job has more than doubled from 1997 to 2007 to 207,000.

  • A somewhat higher proportion of core-aged women (10.0%) had temporary jobs than core-aged men (8.4%) in 2007, a pattern consistent throughout the 1997 to 2007 period.

Chart I.2
Rate of temporary employees, by sex and age, 1997 and 2007

Chart I.2 Rate of temporary employees, by sex and age, 1997 and 2007

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, CANSIM table 282-0080.

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