Data published today by the Office for National Statistics show that only 80,000 of the 1.1m UK jobs or 7% added since Q1 2008, were full-time employee positions.
In Q1 2008 full-time employee positions accounted for 64.4% of total jobs and in September 2014 the ratio was 62.4% - the fall in the percentage amounts to 634,000 jobs.
The TUC (Trades Union Congress) said yesterday that "it believes that the rise in self-employment is at least in part a result of people who are unable to find employee jobs being forced into false self-employment – an exploitation of workers used by some companies to evade taxes and avoid respecting employment rights and entitlements such as holiday pay, sick pay and pensions."
In Ireland in June 2014 the number of full-time employees (ex public schemes) was 1.515m compared with 1.732m in Q1 2014 while the ratio of total employment was unchanged at 60%.
15,000 of the 60,000 Irish jobs added since March 2011 when the current governing coalition took power, are full-time employee positions; 5,000 part-time positions; self employment without employees rose 24,000 and schemes added 16,000.
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