800 000 work outside ordinary hours
800 000 employees worked outside of ordinary hours in 2012, corresponding to 33.2 per cent of the employees in total. The share has been approximately 33 per cent for the past four years.
|1Regularly work outside Monday to Friday from 6 am to 6 pm.|
|Outside ordinary hours1||33.2||32.7||33.4||33.0|
|Outside ordinary hours1||28.7||29.0||29.6||29.0|
|Outside ordinary hours1||37.8||36.5||37.3||37.1|
The share of employees working regularly outside ordinary hours (Monday to Friday from 6 am to 6 pm) in their main job has been relatively stable during the 12 years where this has been measured in the Labour Force Survey (LFS). In 2006, 34.4 per cent of the employees worked outside ordinary hours. The share decreased somewhat after that, and it has been around 33 per cent in the years from 2009 to 2012.
One third in human health and social work activities
One third of the 800 000 employees working outside ordinary hours in 2012, worked in human health and social work activities. This industry has a lot of employees and work outside ordinary hours is very widespread; 50.5 per cent of the employees in that industry worked outside ordinary hours in 2012. Also domestic trade has a lot of employees and a high share working outside ordinary hours; 46.6 per cent in 2012. Other industries with high shares of employees working outside ordinary hours, but with fewer employees than the two previously mentioned industries, include accommodation and food service activities and transport and storage. In these industries, the shares of employees working outside ordinary hours were 66.4 and 54.7 per cent respectively.
Many part-time employees work outside ordinary hours
Since the share working outside ordinary hours is high in some industries where part-time work is widespread, the share of employees working outside ordinary hours is high among the part-time employees. While the share of full-time employees working outside ordinary hours was 26.1 per cent in 2012, the same share among part-time employees was 52.2 per cent.
Most common among women
Regularly work outside ordinary hours is more common among women than men. This must be seen in relation to the overrepresentation of women in industries where work outside ordinary hours is widespread. The share of female employees working outside ordinary hours was 37.8 per cent in 2012, while the share among male employees was 28.7 per cent. This was an increase of 1.3 percentage points from 2011 with regard of the women, but the share was still lower than it was during the whole period of 2001-2008. There where only small changes from 2011 and 2012 among male employees.
Widespread among young employees
55.6 per cent of the employees aged 15-24 years worked regularly outside ordinary hours in 2012, 1.2 percentage points higher than in 2011. Evening and Saturday work is most common among employees in this group. Working at these hours can be a practical way of combining work with school or studying. Among the employees aged 25-54, 30.5 per cent worked outside ordinary hours in 2012. The corresponding share among those aged 54-75 years, was 25.8 per cent.