Registered part-time employment in September 2013 went up by 5.1 per cent when compared to 2012 levels. In September 2013, the number of part-timers who also held a full-time job amounted to 24,311 persons; an increase of 4.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2012. Compared to September 2012, the number of employed persons whose part-time job was their primary occupation totalled 33,774 persons; an increase of 5.8 per cent or 1,840 persons when compared to 2012 levels.
Many questions may be raised about this information published by the National Statistics Office of Malta. Some of which are the following:-
- Are more workers finding it difficult to make ends meet at the end of the week?
- Do workers need to have a second job?
- Is part-time work sufficient?
- Will workers opting for a second job have more difficulties in keeping a strong relationship with their partners and their dependants?
- Will this increase affect negatively on the quality of life of workers taking a second job?