Over 70% of Maltese over 65s in Part-Time work – NSO

Over 70% of surveyed Maltese over 65s were in part time jobs and over half were still employees in 2018, new National Statistics Office figures reveal.

According to new data recognising International Day of Older Persons, NSO reveals that 70.5% of survey over 65s in 2018 were still working in Part-time jobs (2,922).

This marked a 5.5% increase on 2017 (60.5% – 2,424) and 8.1% more than 2016 (62.4% – 2,195).

In contrast, only 29.5% were still in full time employment in 2018 (1,221), slightly less than 2017 (35.0% – 1,304) and 2016 (37.6% – 1,320).

While there more over 65s in part time jobs, over half of respondents (51.7% – 2,143) were employees in companies in 2018. This was 10% less than two years prior, (2016 62.7% – 2,203 / 2017 60.8% – 2,267).

Conversely, the number of over 65s in self-employed or unpaid family worker roles increased.  While less than half (48.3% – 2,000) respondents were in this employment in 2018, this was almost 10% less than 2016 (37.3% – 1,312) and 2017 (39.2% – 1,461).

Interestingly, just over a quarter (between 25.0 % -25.4%) of responding over 65s, were close to the At-Risk-Of-Poverty Rate (ARP). These numbers relate to the European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions report for 2017 which looked at the number of people at threat of entering poverty.

Almost 20,000 people (19,971) were considered at risk of poverty in 2017, most of those were females (26.4% – 11,281) compared to males (23.4% – 8,869).

This report also found there to be 13,913 people living in Households with Two adults, no dependent children but with at least one adult aged 65+ or more. There were also 6,082 people living in One person households, aged 65 or over.

NSO says that according to census data up to December 31st 2018, the number of over 65s had reached 92,180 (18.7% of the population). Over half of those were Female (50,200) while Males numbered 41,980.

The biggest increase was seen in the age groups 70 – 74 and 75 – 79, 28,649 (5.8%)  and 28,144 (5.7%) respectively.