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Fewer Women Work Outside Ordinary Hours in Norway

last year, 807 000 employees worked regularly outside ordinary hours in their main job. This corresponded to a third of all employees, unchanged from the year before. Looking at the development from since 2006, the share among women has decreased from 39 per cent to 36 per cent last year. However, the share among men with this kind of work increased from 30 per cent in 2006 to 31 per cent last year.

Half of the women in health and social service activities

Out of the 426 000 women who regularly worked outside ordinary hours in 2013, 213 000 worked in human health and social service activities. This industry has a high share of employees working outside ordinary hours. In 2013, 51 per cent of the employees in human health and social service activities worked outside ordinary hours. Women are strongly overrepresented in this industry. Many of the men who work outside ordinary hours are employed in manufacturing, quarrying or primary industries. In 2013, 21 per cent of the men with this kind of work were employed in these industries ‚Äď 80 000 in total. Other industries with high shares of employees working outside ordinary hours include accommodation and food service activities, transport and storage and domestic trade.

Widespread among young employees

Among employees aged 15-24 years, 53 per cent worked outside ordinary hours in 2013. This kind of work is also more widespread among women than men in this group. In 2013, the share of employees working outside ordinary hours among women and men under 25 was 62 and 43 per cent respectively. Weekend and/or evening work is particularly common among employees in this age group. Working during these hours can be a practical way of combining work with school or studying, something that is quite common in Norway.

Most common among part-time employees

Since the share working outside ordinary hours is high in some industries where part-time work is widespread, the total share of employees working outside ordinary hours is high among part-time employees. While the share of full-time employees working outside ordinary hours was 27 per cent in 2013, the corresponding share among part-time employees was 52 per cent. In both these two groups there are relatively small differences between women and men with regard to the frequency of working outside ordinary hours. Among the full-time employees, 26 per cent of the women and 27 per cent of the men worked outside ordinary hours in 2013. Among the part-time employees, the corresponding share was 52 per cent for both women and men.

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