chapter  7
19 Pages

PART-TIME WORK

A threat to labour standards?
WithJill Rubery

Part-time work not only involves fewer hours and a lower weekly remuneration than full-time work, but it can also constitute a different employment form, organised on different principles, and on different terms and conditions to fulltime jobs. This chapter explores the nature of part-time work as a form of deviance from the standard full-time employment relationship. This is empirically explored by comparing the differences in remuneration between fulland part-time workers, in order to assess the potential role of part-time work in the restructuring of the wage and employment relationships within advanced economies and whether these differences undermine the form and evolution of the full-time standards.