Over 1.8 million UK part-time workers were underemployed in 2014. Underemployed part-time workers are persons aged 15-74 working part-time who wish to work additional hours and are available to do so. Part-time work is recorded as self-reported by individuals
64% of those underemployed UK workers were women
Among the 44.1 million persons in the European Union (EU) working part-time in 2014, 9.8 million were underemployed
Growth in self-employment in the UK has been the fastest of all Western European countries over the last year, with the proportion of workers who are self-employed rising by almost a whole percentage point.
The UK had internationally low levels of self-employment for many years but has caught up with the EU average
Self-employment has proven to be a key driver of overall job creation, with the working-age employment rate reaching historically high levels.
Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.3% in the EU28 during the first quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, GDP grew by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28.
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.9% in the euro area and by 1.4% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2014, after +0.5% and +1.0% respectively in the previous quarter.