Written Answers. - Short-Time Workers.

519.

asked the Minister for Social Welfare the number of workers male and female, quarterly, on short-time working for the past three years; the numbers male and female over the same period on a three-day working week; and the workers working short-time on a week in week out basis.

Statistics are available in relation to the overall numbers engaged in systematic short-time working for less than the normal number of days in a working week. It is not possible however to provide a more detailed breakdown according to the number of days worked in each case. Details of the numbers of persons working on a week in week out basis are not available. Details of the number of persons engaged in systematic short-time working for less than the normal number of days in a working week for the past three years are as follows:

Quarter ended

Number of males

Number of females

June 1981

4,678

1,343

September 1981

3,219

825

December 1981

4,474

1,205

March 1982

7,764

1,993

June 1982

6,511

2,258

September 1982

6,579

1,954

December 1982

6,921

2,565

March 1983

8,955

4,075

June 1983

5,645

2,540

September 1983

3,252

1,891

December 1983

3,132

1,978

March 1984

4,120

1,844