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Part-Time Work in the Nordic Region III

An introductory study of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands

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Gender equality in the labour market is a key topic in the Nordic cooperation on gender equality. As a follow up to two earlier reports on part-time work this third report is an introductory study to part-time work and gender in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland Islands. The aim is to map what is known about part-time work, and where possible, explain working patterns in these areas. The report gives an overview of the labour markets of the three areas and introduces part-time work based on existing data. The report also present findings from an exploratory study with women who work part-time in the Faroe Islands. Erika Anne Hayfield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands, Rógvi Olavson, MSc Sociology and Lív Patursson, MSc Gender Studies wrote the report on request by NIKK, for the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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Conclusion and recommendations

This report gives an overview of part-time work in the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands. We have described and where possible explained the role of part-time work in the context of gender. On several occasions we have pointed out that part-time work is a complex issue, as the previous report on part-time work in the Nordic countries also concluded (Drange & Egeland, 2014). Firstly, the reasons for and experiences of part-time work are multilayered. They may be structural, cultural, or pertain to personal preferences or individual unique circumstances. Secondly, the definition of part-time work is not standardised across the Nordic region, which necessitates the use of datasets in which the notion of part-time work can have several different meanings.

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