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Labour Statistics

Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what distinction is made in the figures for the number of people in employment between full and part-time workers.

Part-time workers are defined in the Department's employment estimates as those who normally work for not more than 30 hours a week excluding main meal breaks and overtime.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment, further to his reply of 4 March, Official Report, column 360, why separate estimates of full-time and part-time males are not available.

The censuses of employment separately identify full and part-time workers among male employees, but the quarterly series of estimates of employees in employment for non-census dates does not. The latest available census of employment results are for September 1981 and therefore could not be used in the reply of 4 March, which referred to changes between 1983 and 1984. The 1981 census identified 11,511,200 full-time and 718,100 part-time male employees employed in Great Britain.