Part-time employment, by selected countries

Canada's part-time rate is average

  • While a larger share of people work part-time hours in Canada (18.2% in 2007) than in the United States (12.6%), greater shares usually work less than 30 hours a week in other countries. As an example, 36.1% have part-time hours in the Netherlands and 24.1% of Australians worked such hours in 2007. Compared to other wealthy countries, Canada's part-time rate falls in the middle.

  • Women, particularly, are more apt to work part time than men. In the Netherlands, 6 in 10 women work less than 30 hours a week versus close to 3 in 10 women in Canada and 2 in 10 in the United States. However, less than 20% of men usually work part-time hours in these countries, with the highest percentages in Netherlands (16.2%) and Australia (12.4%) compared with 11% in Canada and only 5% in France and Italy.

  • Young people aged 15 to 24 also have a higher likelihood of working part time, since many of them combine school and work. Among these selected countries, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia had the highest proportion of their youths working part time, ranging from 41% to 62%, while Italy, Germany and France had the lowest proportions (from 15% to 19%).

Chart P.7
Percentage of the employed working part-time, by selected countries, 2000 and 2007

Chart P.7  Percentage of the employed working part-time, by selected countries,  2000 and 2007

1. Data for Australia are for 2001 versus 2000.
2. Data for Japan are for 2002 versus 2000.
Note: Part time is defined as usual hours of 29 or less.
Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development database.

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