Part-time workers at record high

The number of people in part-time work because they cannot find a full-time job has risen by 34,000 in the past three months – the highest figure since records began in 1992, according to the Office of National Statistics. Plus other news.

The number of people in part-time work because they cannot find a full-time job has risen by 34,000 in the past three months – the highest figure since records began in 1992, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The figures show the number of women in part-time employment increased by 122,000 between August and October to reach a record high of 5.84 million, the number of men in part-time employment was unchanged, and there were quarterly falls in the numbers of both men and women in full-time employment.

There are just over one million employees and self-employed people working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job.
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Number of women medics rising

The number of women in the medical profession is rising, says a report by the British Medical Association.

It found that women made up 56% of all accepted applicants to UK medical schools in 2008. However, although women account for the majority in some specialisms, such as palliative care, only one in 12 consultant general surgeons in England are women.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the BMA’s head of science and ethics, said the NHS needed to address the issue of work-life balance and flexible working to accommodate the growing number of women entering the medical profession.
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