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2.2 Part-time employment

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Women’s and men’s participation rate in part-time employment

Current position

In 2013, 45 percent of NSW employed women worked part-time, compared to 16 percent of men.

Gender gap

  • The gender gap for part-time work in NSW is 29 percent.
The direction of
change over time
The percentage of women working part-time is similar to one year ago.

Part-time work has become more common among both women and men in recent decades. However, the increase is from a much higher base among women (see Figure 4.6). Over 30 percent of employed women worked part-time in 1978.

Women make up 70 percent of part-time workers in NSW.

The ABS defines part-time workers as employed people who usually work less than 35 hours a week and who did so during the reference period for the survey.

Year collected: January 2013.
Data source: ABS (2013) Labour Force, Australia, Jan 2013. Cat no. 6205. More information is available at

Figure 4.6 Part-time employment, by sex, NSW, 1978 to 2013

Fig 4.6

Population: Civilian population 15 years and over.
Source: ABS (2013) Labour Force, Australia, Jan 2013. Cat no. 6202.0.