Alternative work arrangements

Men are more likely than women to report working flexible hours

  • The most common form of alternative work arrangement in 2005 was flexible hours (36.6% of all employees), followed by weekend work (27.9%). Men were more likely to work flexible hours (39.1% versus 34.4%), while more women tended to work Saturdays or Sundays.

  • The incidence of flexible hours was more common among workers in the retail trade and consumer services industries (44.6%). About 6 in 10 employees in the retail trade and consumer services industries usually worked weekends.

  • The incidence of various work arrangements was also related to the educational attainment of the workers. For example, university-educated workers reported the greatest incidence of flexible hours (43.5%), but seldom had regularly scheduled weekend work (17%).

  • Reduced work weeks (e.g. job-sharing, work-sharing) and compressed work weeks were not widespread, with each being reported by fewer than 1 in 10 workers. The age, occupation and industry groups with the highest incidence of reduced work weeks were youth (19.5%), marketing/sales (15.5%) and retail trade and consumer services (13.7%).

Chart L.3
Percentage of employees working alternative work arrangements, by sex, 2005

Chart L.3  Percentage of employees working alternative work arrangements, by sex, 2005

Note: Some industries are excluded from the survey, such as public administration.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2005 Workplace and Employee Survey.

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