Sumary of Why were part time jobs so badly impacted by COVID-19?:
- The loss of jobs during the pandemic was experienced almost exclusively among part-time jobs.
- As Figure 1 shows, this loss was experienced almost exclusively among part-time jobs.
- Image: Labour Force Survey While the Figure shows that there is now evidence of a tentative recovery, it seems reasonable to ask what is it about part-time jobs that made some of them so vulnerable in this downturn?
- Can any of these factors help explain why part-time jobs were at the forefront of job loss in the pandemic?
- It is true that most young people in work combine work with full-time study, but workers under the age of 25 account for around 17% of all part-time jobs.
- We know that younger workers are vulnerable to downturns, but this is unlikely to have accounted for the falling part-time job count.
- Indeed, the share of part-time jobs held by younger workers has remained broadly constant over the downtur.
- The share of part-time jobs amongst these demographics has decreased in 2021 compared to 2019. Image: LSE Women make up three quarters of all holders of part-time jobs.