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DEPARTMENT O F LABOUR A N D NATIONAL SERVICE

N E W S R E L E A S E

Em bargo: Not f o r r e l e a s e b e f o r e

7 p.m , Tuesday

2 7 th O c to b e r, 1970. -

Women i n t h e Work F o rc e No. 8

"Some A s p e c ts o f P a rt-T im e Work"

S ta te m e n t by t h e Hon. B. M„ S nedden, Q .O ., M .P .,

M i n i s t e r f o r L abour and N a t io n a l S e r v ic e

"Women, p a r t i c u l a r l y m a r r ie d women, a r e i n c r e a s i n g l y

choosing^ to w o rk " , t h e M i n i s t e r f o r l a b o u r and N a t io n a l

S e r v i c e , Mr Snedden s a i d to d a y . "The g r e a t e r a v a i l a b i l i t y

o f p a r t - t i m e w o r k - is making a s i g n i f i c a n t im p a ct on A u s t r a l i a ' s

g r o w t h ."

Mr Snedden was r e l e a s i n g t h e e i g h t h i n t h e s e r i e s

o f r e s e a r c h p u b l i c a t i o n s o f t h e Women's B u reau i n t h e

D ep artm ent o f L abour and N a t io n a l S e r v i c e . I t i s e n t i t l e d

"Some A s p e c ts o f P a r t - t i m e W ork".

Mr Snedden s a i d t h a t m a r r ie d women w ere p ro m in e n t

amongst t h o s e i n th e community t o whom p a r t - t i m e employment was e s p e c i a l l y a t t r a c t i v e . R ecen t s t a t i s t i c a l e s t i m a t e s

p u b lis h e d by t h e B u reau o f Census and S t a t i s t i c s showed t h i s .

About 59 4 ,0 0 0 p e rs o n s or 11$ o f t h e A u s t r a l i a n work f o r c e a r e

now employed p a r t - t i m e O f t h e s e , m ore t h a n t h r e e - q u a r t e r s

a r e women and t h e m a j o r i t y o f t h e women a r e m a r r i e d ,

A s p e c t s o f p a r t - t i m e em ploym ent d i s c u s s e d i n t h e

r e p o r t i n c l u d e :

1. Many m a r r i e d women w i s h i n g t o w ork show a - p a r t i c u l a r

p r e f e r e n c e f o r p a r t - t i m e e m p lo y m en t.

2c. Pew w o r k in g m o th e r s u s e c h i l d c a r e c e n t r e s f o r t h e i r

c h i l d r e n w h i l e t h e y w ork. L ik e t h o s e women who

w ork f u l l - t i m e , m ost p a r t - t i m e w o r k e r s r e l y on

r e l a t i v e s and f r i e n d s t o c a r e f o r t h e i r c h i l d r e n

d u r i n g t h e m o t h e r 's w o rk in g h o u r s .

3 . The e x p e c t a t i o n i s g ro w in g i n t h e comm unity t h a t

p a r t - t i m e employment w i l l become a p e rm a n e n t f e a t u r e

o f econom ic l i f e .

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4 . The r e a s o n s b u s i n e s s e s a r e i n t r o d u c i n g p a r t - t i m e

em ploym ent i n c l u d e -

. g e n e r a l m anpower s h o r t a g e s ;

c s p e c i f i c s k i l l s h o r t a g e s ;

» p e a k l o a d s a t p a r t i c u l a r t i m e s o f t h e d a y ;

o i n c r e a s e d p l a n t u t i l i s a t i o n ; a n d r e t e n t i o n

o f t h e s e r v i c e s o f e x p e r i e n c e d e m p l o y e e s who

w i s h t o g i v e u p f u l l - t i m e e m p l o y m e n t *

Mr S n e d d e n s a i d t h a t t h e r e p o r t c o n s i s t s o f t h r e e

s e c t i o n s . S e c t i o n 1 r e v i e w s s t a t i s t i c s o f p a r t - t i m e

e m p l o y m e n t p u b l i s h e d b y t h e C o m m o n w ea lth B u r e a u o f C e n s u s

a n d S t a t i s t i c s - a n d h i g h l i g h t s some o f t h e i n f o r m a t i o n

c o n t a i n e d i n t h e s t a t i s t i c s .

S e c t i o n 2 r e p o r t s a p r e l i m i n a r y s u r v e y o f s i x

m a n u f a c t u r i n g f i r m s i n M e l b o u r n e , V i c t o r i a , e m p l o y i n g p a r t ­

t i m e w o r k e r s . The f i n d i n g s p r o v i d e i n f o r m a t i o n l i k e l y t o

b e o f i n t e r e s t t o o t h e r e m p l o y e r s f a c i n g l a b o u r s h o r t a g e s

•and s e e k i n g - a d d i t i o n a l s o u r c e s o f l a b o u r .

' S e c t i o n 3 r e v i e w s some o f t h e r e s e a r c h o n p a r t ­

t i m e e m p l o y m e n t i n o v e r s e a s c o u n t r i e s e

D e p a r t m e n t o f L a b o u r a n d N a t i o n a l S e r v i c e ,

MELBOURNE