Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins has said that while the Government seeks to claim credit for more and more people in employment, it must accept that too many people are working part time when they want to working full time.
Deputy Collins was commenting after the publication of the new Q3 2017 Labour Force Survey which shows that there are 116,200 people working part time but who are underemployed. Part-time, underemployed persons are part-time workers who would like to have full-time work.
“This represents a 20% increase on the 2017 Quarter 2 figures and demonstrates the weaknesses in employment in this country. In a growing economy, this is just not acceptable.
“Yes, it’s clear that more and more people are in work, but what Fine Gael fail to trumpet is that too many of our people are in part time jobs when they dearly yearn for full time employment.
“More often than not, these jobs are precarious, low paying roles without many of the normal benefits that come from working in permanent, full time positions such as health benefits, pension rights and full maternity rights.
“Minister Humphrey’s need to start working to deliver full time, permanent job options across the country.
“This can have a drastic effect on people’s ability to, for example, get a mortgage. Even if there were houses for people to buy, unless you are in full time employment, there isn’t a hope that a bank will approve a mortgage application.
“The Government must stop pretending that all jobs are equal in value and worth. There must be a commitment to delivering high quality, well paying, full time, permanent jobs right across the country,” concluded Collins.