Alternative work arrangements
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Men are more likely than women to report working flexible hours
The most common form of alternative work arrangement in 2005 was flexible hours (36.6% of all employees), followed by weekend work (27.9%). Men were more likely to work flexible hours (39.1% versus 34.4%), while more women tended to work Saturdays or Sundays.
The incidence of flexible hours was more common among workers in the retail trade and consumer services industries (44.6%). About 6 in 10 employees in the retail trade and consumer services industries usually worked weekends.
The incidence of various work arrangements was also related to the educational attainment of the workers. For example, university-educated workers reported the greatest incidence of flexible hours (43.5%), but seldom had regularly scheduled weekend work (17%).
Reduced work weeks (e.g. job-sharing, work-sharing) and compressed work weeks were not widespread, with each being reported by fewer than 1 in 10 workers. The age, occupation and industry groups with the highest incidence of reduced work weeks were youth (19.5%), marketing/sales (15.5%) and retail trade and consumer services (13.7%).
Percentage of employees working alternative work arrangements, by sex, 2005
Note: Some industries are excluded from the survey, such as public administration.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2005 Workplace and Employee Survey.