Lucy Powell, newly elected Manchester Central MP is concerned about the growing phenomenon of underemployment and is calling for urgent action on this worrying trend.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today shows that between 2008 and 2012 the number of workers who wanted to work more hours increased by 1million, with 1 in 10 workers and 1 in 4 part time workers wanting extra hours.
The figures show that 10.5% of workers in the North West are underemployed.
Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said:
I have been worried for a long time about rising underemployment because of what people in Manchester were telling me during the by-election campaign and I am glad that this is finally getting the attention it needs.
It is not just people who are unemployed that have been impacted by this Government’s recession but also thousands of part time workers desperate for more work and living on tighter and tighter budgets as a result. Getting a better understanding of this is vital.
Information on underemployment isn’t readily available and I’m glad that the ONS has done this study but I would like to know figures for more specific areas where people are likely to work part time, like Manchester City Centre in my constituency, as well as the figures for women who often work part time around family commitments.