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Middle-aged and moonlighting at a second job

More than one in 20 people employed have a second job, Stats NZ said today. People who have a second job tend to be middle-aged (aged 45+) or older. In contrast, younger workers tend to hold just one job.

About 2.5 million people were employed in the June 2017 quarter, of which 154,200 (6.1 percent) said they had two or more jobs, according to the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS).

In the June 2017 quarter, more than half (57 percent) of people with two jobs or more were at least 45 years old. Single job holders were typically younger with more than half of them (56 percent) under 45.

A greater proportion of multiple job holders were either female (54 percent); or aged 45 and over (57 percent); or of European ethnicity (84 percent); or in a household with dependent children (38 percent).

“The majority of multiple job holders tend to be of an age at which they are more likely to have mortgages and dependent children,” labour and income statistics manager Sean Broughton said. “Although financial pressure could be one of many reasons for holding a second job.”

Graph, Multiple job holders compared with single job holders by age group, June 2017 quarter.

Multiple job-holder data is available with this release in CSV format. Full descriptions and definitions of the multiple job-holder categories used in the HLFS are also available in the CSVs.

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For media enquiries contact: Sean Broughton, Wellington 04 931 4755, info@stats.govt.nz  
Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 30 October 2017

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