Part-time work peaks among people under 25 on the one hand and among people over 50 on the other. The fact that a majority of young people on the labor market work part-time may be the result of the combination with studies. Part-time working young people are more likely to work as salespeople, cashiers, domestic helpers or waiters.
“We usually don’t have that peak among -25 year olds on our radar. An analysis of the data suggests that part-time work here is a choice and not a consequence of more limited access to full-time jobs among young people. So you are mainly dealing with under-25 year olds who, in addition to their studies or other activities, are looking for jobs with flexible work schedules,” says Jeroen Neckebrouck of IESE, a business school of Spanish origin.
There are some differences when broken down by gender. For example, most women in all age categories work part-time, except around the age of 24 to 30. Then most women are working full-time, it sounds. Afterwards, part-time work increases again among women. In men, on the other hand, there is a rather flat evolution after the peak among those under 25.