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The number of full-time workers who also hold a second part-time job has shot up by over half since 2013, while those with a part-time job as their primary occupation increased by less than a tenth over the same period.

According to statistics released by the National Statistics Office (NSO), part-timers holding a full-time job increased from 19,931 in 2013 to 31,085 in 2020, for a total increase of 56 per cent.

Average annual part-time employment by type and sex (annual averages) (NSO 160/2021)

On the other hand, workers with part-time work as their primary job increased from 29,632 to 32,302, representing an increase of nine per cent.

The total number of part-time workers now totals 63,387, almost evenly split between those who have no other employment and those who primary full-time employment.

Meanwhile, the total number of gainfully occupied workers between 2013 and 2020 grew from 158,694 to 232,396, or by 46 per cent.

While the large increase in the number of people holding a part-time in addition to full-time employment should be seen in the context of Malta’s population boom over the same period, it may also be reflective of the accompanying increase in cost of living, particularly due to housing and rental prices, and a stagnation in wages across most sectors.

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