Balearic residents forced into part-time work

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TRADE union CCOO has spoken out over figures that show that half of the total part-time contracts in the Balearic Islands are not voluntary.
A study commissioned by the union found that part-time contracts in the Islands have grown from 28.4 per cent of the number of jobs in 2008 to 56.5 today and that these kinds of contracts are ‘involuntary’, that is, employees would rather work full-time instead.
“The highest fragmentation of the labour market if compared with 2008, with an increase of part-time contracts, especially involuntary and the underemployment due to a lack of work is what characterises the current labour market,” explains the report.
CCOO claims that the Balearic work market is deficient in terms of full-time contracts and that the number of people working involuntarily part-time has increased by 177.2 per cent since 2008.
They added that the employment rate amounts to 48.8 per cent currently and the unemployment rate is 22.3 per cent, figures that are still far from the data registered before the financial crisis, as in 2008, they were 55.9 per cent and 10.98 per cent respectively.

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