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.
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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