Huge increase in under-employed workers
EMPLOYMENT: Concerns have been raised about the state of the labour market after figures revealed a huge increase in the number of people classed as under- employed.
Official data showed nationally 3.05 million people were under- employed, including part-timers wanting a full-time job, an increase of a million since the start of the economic downturn in 2008.
Occupants with the highest number of under-employed workers included cleaners, caterers and labourers, with York- shire and Humber among the highest rates – with more than 10 per cent of workers wanting to work more hours.
TUC general secre- tary, Brendan Barber, said: "About 2.5 million people across the UK are currently out of work, but this figure only tells half the story.
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"The fact the number of under- employed people continues to grow shows just how weak our recovery is, and how fragile the labour market remains."
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "More than half of the 700,000 extra people in work since 2010 are working full-time and we have seen record numbers of people in employment."