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The number of people working two or more jobs in Ireland has jumped dramatically

According to a new paper by economists at the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the number of people working two or more jobs has increased significantly over the past 20 years, reports RTE.

The report found that 80,000 people aged 15-64 were employed in two or more jobs at the end of last year, up from about 30,000 in 2002.

In addition, about 4,000 people aged 65 and over were also employed in many jobs.

In percentage terms, 3.2% of those employed here work multiple jobs, up from 1.9% in 2002, reports RTE.

The report notes that the number of people in employment in Ireland has increased significantly since Covid-19. In the fourth quarter of 2022, 2.57 million people were employed, an increase of nearly 40% over 20 years.

Recent employment growth has seen more women enter the workforce, and with more remote work, new opportunities are opening up. 120,000 more women are working since the end of 2019.

The report also notes that digitization has enabled the development of so-called ‘platform’ jobs. This is where people collaborate online to complete specific tasks. This can be done remotely and is often done on a freelance or short-term contract basis, reports RTE.

There has also been a greater increase in part-time employment than in full-time employment. Part-time employment has increased by 77% since 2002, while full-time employment has increased by 32%.

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