France - Women and part-time work - August 31, 2016

A DARES report reveals that more than 80% of part-time French workers are women. The statistical service of the Labour Ministry found that nearly a third of women employees work part-time, compared to just 7.0% of men, and the proportion is even higher among women with partners. There has been a great increase in part-time working in recent years. Only 8% of the workforce was part-time in 1975, by the middle of the 1980s it had risen to 10% and in 2013, it was 19%. The study found that 31% of women work part-time, slightly lower than the European average of 32.2%, with a high degree of involuntary part-time work. Since, nearly a third of part-time workers would rather be working full-time; this is especially the case among young or less qualified people or those approaching retirement age. The proportion of women among the 68% who have chosen part-time employment, as well as the fact that 45% of women workers with three or more children are part-timers, shows that the burden of childcare and housework still falls on women.

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