HC Deb 07 July 1986 vol 101 c12W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Paymaster General if he will publish a table of the estimated average hours worked by each category of part-time workers to illustrate the full-time equivalent level of the employed labour force for each quarter.

Mr. Lang

Information is not available in the exact form requested.

The regularly published employed labour force series does not identify number of hours worked.

The labour force survey (LFS) provides information on a different basis but allows the above analysis. Preliminary LFS results for the spring of 1985 are presented in the following table:

Average number of hours usually worked* per week workers by part-time
Great Britain
Employees working part-time 17.4
Self employed working part-time 14.6
Employees and self employedj working part-time 17.1
* Including overtime, excluding meal-breaks.
† The definition of part-time is based on the respondent's own assessment, not on the number of hours worked.
‡ Includes those who did not state if they were employees or self employed.