New analysis of official job figures reveals the scale of ‘underemployment’ – the numbers of workers in the UK who want to work more hours.
Almost 1 in 10 workers in Scotland (9.4 per cent) want to work more hours, rising to 1 in 5 for part time workers.
The gap between unemployment and underemployment is at its largest since 2000.
The research was done by Reed in Partnership, which provides employment support. Its report says the government is right to now focus on greater support for those in work not just those who are unemployed.
It calls for the underemployment rate to be published alongside unemployment figures, alongside additional support with better careers guidance in schools and colleges and support for women returning to work including ‘wraparound’ childcare for older children.