Of all the job postings on Indeed in the US, 13% are part-time jobs. And these jobs are some of the most highly sought after. Queries for part-time jobs are among the fastest-growing job searches in the country and “part time” was the most popular search term in this first week of the new year.
In an economy where jobs are plentiful but wages are stagnant, it makes sense that people would be eager to supplement their income. To learn more about how many people are making that choice, and the reasons why, we surveyed 3,000 people who are currently employed full time.
We found that more than one-third of people employed full time did some kind of work on the side in the last year. Over half were working two jobs to keep up with “cost of living,” while 13.9% were working part time to “explore a new career.”
Most significantly, of those working more than one job, 89% said they plan to continue doing so in 2016. In a recovering economy, we might expect people to give up their side gigs as more full-time work becomes available. Instead, people are expressing less confidence in full-time jobs—and wages could be the cause.