The number of Canadians holding more than one job simultaneously still rising

OTTAWA – The proportion of workers who held more than one job simultaneously increased in Canada from 1998 to 2018, but much less rapidly than in the previous two decades.
Statistics Canada reports Monday that this proportion has risen from 5 to 5.7 per cent over the last 20 years while from 1978 to 1998 it has increased from 2.4 to 5 per cent.

The majority of people who accumulate jobs, 65.7 percent, work full-time in their main job. People with more than one job work an average of 10 hours more per week than people with only one job.

In 2018, slightly more than 1 million people had more than one job in Canada, compared to 704,100 in 1998. The number of hours worked per week was higher for those with jobs than for those who did not. having had only one job

Last year, youth aged 20 to 24 had the highest rate of job plurality, at 7.6 per cent, followed by those aged 25 to 29, at 6.5 per cent.

Over the last 20 years, the rate of job accumulation has been consistently higher and increased more for women than for men. In 2018, 6.8 per cent of female workers had more than one job, up 1.2 percentage points from 1998. The employment rate for men has changed little over this period, from 4.5 percent in 1998 to 4.7 percent in 2018.

Statistics Canada has found that job plurality is more prevalent among female-dominated workers in health care and social assistance, as well as in educational services.

In addition, the self-employed are more likely to combine jobs.

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