Bulgaria had the lowest proportion in the European Union of part-time workers, at just two per cent, according to figures released on August 13 by EU statistics agency Eurostat.
In the EU, the possibility of finding a permanent job decreased slightly between 2002 and 2017, as the share of temporary employees in the bloc increased from 11 per cent in 2002 to 13 per cent in 2017, Eurostat said
The proportion of women in temporary employment in the EU in 2017 (14 per cent) was almost the same as the proportion of men (13 per cent).
The total share of temporary employees varied among the member states, with the highest shares observed in Poland and Spain (both 26 percent), Portugal (22 per cent) and Croatia (20 per cent), and the lowest in Romania (one per cent), Lithuania (two per cent), Estonia and Latvia (both three per cent).
According to Eurostat, in Bulgaria in 2002 the share of temporary employees was 5.9 per cent, dropping to 4.3 per cent in 2017.
The growth of part-time work represents another significant change in working conditions, the statistics agency said.
The share of people working part-time in the EU rose from 15 per cent in 2002 to 19 per cent in 2017. Part-time employment was much more common among women (31 per cent) than men (8 per cent) in the EU in 2017.
The total share of part-time workers varied among the Member States, with the highest proportions observed in the Netherlands (47 per cent), Austria (28 per cent), Germany (27 per cent), Belgium and the United Kingdom (both 24 per cent), and the lowest in Bulgaria (two per cent), Hungary (four per cent) and Croatia (five per cent)…. / IBNA