Recently released data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest that:
In September 2012, there were 3.4 million part-time workers, of which 71% (2.4 million) were women.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of all part-time workers stated they would prefer to work more hours. This was the same as the proportion of part-time workers (24%) who said they would prefer to work more hours in September 2011.
Of the 824,100 part-time workers who would prefer more hours (see Tables 1, 2 and 3):
- 36% were men and 64% were women;
- just over half (55%) would prefer to work full-time;
- 89% (730,900) were available for work with more hours, of whom 47% were looking for more work hours; and
- 93,100 (11%) were not available for work with more hours, of whom 16% were looking for work with more hours.