NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

Part-Time Doesn't Mean What It Used To

November 2, 1998

  • The average workweek for a professional or manager has stretched in the last 20 years to almost 48 hours from 45, according to a 1997 study by the Families and Work Institute.
  • Roughly one-third of salaried part-time employees surveyed in a 1997 National Study of the Changing Work Force said they spent at least 35 hours on the job.
  • Women now make up 68 percent of the traditional part-time work force and 41 percent of the full-time work force.
  • In past decades, employees who requested part-time hours were usually paid less and did not receive benefits -- but that has changed.

Employers are reportedly more willing to be flexible and not demand such adjustments.


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