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Definition: Part-time employees

Labour market

For the purpose of statistics on the structure of earnings the following definition is used:

Part-time employees are considered to be those who, in accordance with a contract with the employer, did not perform a full day's work or did not complete a full week's work within the local unit.

For the purpose of statistics on labour costs the following definition is used:

This covers staff (excluding apprentices) whose regular working hours are less than the collectively agreed or customary hours worked in the enterprise, whether daily, weekly or monthly (half-day, three-quarter time, four-fifth time, etc.)

Even though the wording used in the two definitions is different, the concept of "part-time employees " used is equivalent.
Community statistics on the level and structure of labour costs 1996 - List, definition and breakdown of the variables, p.3 Eurostat, "Statistics on the structure and distribution of earnings: Methods and definitions", Data 1995, 1998 Edition, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999