Part-time jobs are making up more of Australian employment than ever before.
Part-time jobs made up nearly 26% of employment in Australia in 2016, according to the OECD. It is the third highest country in the world.
For a lot of people, part-time work is perfect for their circumstances. It means they can spend more time with family, adhere to other commitments, or simply enjoy not working full-time hours.
But what does it mean for other job seekers?
Job seekers are forced into part-time roles, simply because there are fewer jobs. Underemployment has risen because people are not in the work they should be.
People are now working more than one job to make up full-time hours and wages. In the six years to June 2016, the number of Australians working more than one job rose by 9.2%, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
As a job seeker, you might have to look further afield for a full-time role, considering higher travel times or even relocating.
With a higher percentage of part-time jobs available there is higher competition when applying for full-time job vacancies.
While part-time jobs are on the rise, unemployment has gone down. However, people are not in the jobs they need to be in.
With more part-time jobs, there is higher underemployment. This means people are taking on roles that are part-time, and also taking on roles that are beneath their qualifications.
It can be frustrating being an underemployed person, with the skills and experience for a job you can’t get into. Talk to your employer and see whether they can adapt the role to include some transferable skills you can put on your profile.
You should also talk to your employer if you have taken on more than one job. They may be able to be more flexible with shifts and could let you know if there is the possibility for full-time work further down the line.