2018 saw a surge in people working in secondary jobs that has led to the first time there being more than one million people working multiple jobs. The surge was most pronounced in the last half of 2018 where 30% of the new jobs created were going to those already working in another job.
The period of extremely low wages has clearly come to bite workers, with more people now than ever before seeking another job to help pay the bills. The latest quarterly labour account released last week shows that while the growth of main jobs has slowed the number of secondary jobs has accelerated.
The labour account, unlike the monthly labour force figures, measures jobs not just “employed”. As such it is able to provide greater detail on what has led to the strong employment growth of the past two years.
SOURCE: Greg Jericho. “More People than ever Need a Second Job to Help pay the Bills.” The Guardian, 19 March 2019.
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