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Part-time private industry workers less likely to have access to benefits in 2013

July 01, 2015

In March 2013, part-time private industry workers were less likely than full-time workers to have access to employer-provided benefits, such as retirement plans, health insurance, and paid sick leave. 

Percentage of full- and part-time private industry workers with access to various employer-provided benefits, March 2013
Benefit Full-time workers Part-time workers

Retirement

74 37

Health insurance

85 24

Holidays

90 39

Sick leave

74 24

Vacations

91 36

Note: full-time workers average 40 hours per week and make up 74 percent of workers; part-time workers average 21 hours per week and make up 26 percent of workers.

In March 2013, nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of full-time private industry workers had access to retirement benefits, compared with just 37 percent of part-time workers. Similarly, 85 percent of full-time workers had access to health insurance through their employers, compared with only 24 percent of part-time workers. Full-time workers were also much more likely than part-time workers to have access to paid holidays, sick leave, and vacations.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey – Benefits program. For more information, see “The relationship between access to benefits and weekly work hours,” by John L. Bishow, Monthly Labor Review, June 2015. Full-time workers average 40 hours per week and make up 74 percent of workers; part-time workers average 21 hours per week and make up 26 percent of workers.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Part-time private industry workers less likely to have access to benefits in 2013 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/part-time-private-industry-workers-less-likely-to-have-access-to-benefits-in-2013.htm (visited November 13, 2019).

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