THE number of people in part-time jobs has increased by a million since just before the recession, according to a new study.
The TUC said there were now 3.3 million “under-employed” people in the UK, up by 42 per cent since early 2008.
More than one in 10 workers are not doing enough hours, rising to one in eight among women.
Under-employment is worse in low skilled jobs, where one in five workers want to put in more hours, and in sales and customer service jobs, the research found.
Teaching, nursing, legal and skilled business jobs have also seen an increasing number of employees working fewer hours than they want to, said the TUC. Young people are almost twice as likely to be under-employed as any other age group, illustrating the depth of the youth jobs “crisis”, said the report.
Northern Ireland, East Midlands and the North West have seen the biggest rises in under-employment.
The TUC said the findings revealed “deep rooted problems” in the labour market, with millions of workers facing financial and career problems.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “A million people have lost their jobs since the eve of the recession in 2008, but this tragic figure only tells half the story. A further million people are now trapped in jobs that don’t have enough hours to provide the income they need to get by.
“Young people, women and low skilled workers are bearing the brunt of our under-employment crisis. It is alarming just how few young people today are able to find a job working enough hours. This is a criminal waste of the talent and skills they have – all because of a crisis they didn’t cause.
“Rising under-employment blows apart the argument made by the new right crop of Conservative MPs who think Britain is a nation of shirkers.
“People in the real world know that fewer hours mean less pay, and an even bigger struggle to pay the bills.
“Any job may be better than no job at all but long periods of under-employment can do permanent damage to people’s careers.”