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Work arrangements can take many forms other than the standard 9-to-5 day. The most common form of non-standard work arrangement in 2008 was flexible hours (that is, varying the start and end times of the workday).

According to a recent study on labour market dynamics, 36.6% of paid workers in 2005 had some flexibility in their hours of work. The next most common arrangement was weekend work (27.9%). Other arrangements include reduced work weeks, compressed work weeks, or working at home.

Workers aged 25 and younger and workers with less than a high school education are more likely to work reduced work weeks or weekends. Those 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher are more likely to work flexible hours.

Almost three-quarters of paid workers who work weekends are in occupations involving marketing and sales; almost one-half of paid workers who work flexible hours are managers and professionals.