Part-time Job Postings Appeal to Young Workers and Those Nearing Retirement
Indeed Hiring Lab finds job seeker interest in part-time jobs varies with age.
Over 25 million people work part-time in the US, accounting for about one-sixth of the labor force, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Current Population Survey. Workers of different backgrounds, education levels, and ages choose part-time hours for many reasons, with school attendance and family or personal obligations the top two, BLS research shows. Indeed’s job search data offer a detailed view of how job seeker preferences for part-time work differ depending on age.
The chart above shows clicks on Indeed part-time job postings as a share of all job posting clicks. We have segmented the data by job seeker estimated age to illustrate differences in part-time work preferences. It shows an understandably strong interest in part-time job postings among younger workers and a pick-up of interest at age 58 as people near retirement.
Segmenting these data by age highlights the nuances behind job seekers’ preference for part-time job postings. Workers age 16-17 clearly show the most interest, with about 30% of their clicks going to postings classified as part-time. At age 18, when young people typically finish high school and often start full-time work, interest in these postings drops substantially. Interest continues to decline through age 24, when many who were working part-time while continuing their education finish school.
Preference for part-time job postings declines gradually until about age 44, albeit at a diminishing rate, and doesn’t rebound until age 58. Then, interest in part-time postings increases through age 65, the years when many workers partially retire, staying in the labor force by taking flexible jobs.
Daniel Culbertson is an Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab with a focus on the US labor market. Daniel previously specialized in regional analysis and forecasting as an economist with Moody’s Analytics and holds a M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware.