Reasons for not wanting to work more hours

‘No need/satisfied with current arrangements/retired (for now)’ was the most common reason among working-age people with and without disability (53% and 51% respectively) (Table 1). This was followed by:

  • ‘long-term health condition or disability’ for those with disability (24% with disability compared with 1% without disability)
  • ‘studying/returning to studies’ for those without disability (9.7% with disability, compared with 26% without disability).

Table 1: Employed working-age people who do not want to work more hours(a), selected reasons for not wanting to work more hours, by disability status, 2015 (%)

 

With disability

Without disability

No need/satisfied with current arrangements/retired (for now)

52.8

50.9

Long-term health condition
or disability

23.6

0.9

Studying/returning to studies

9.7

26.4

Caring for child(ren)

13.8

24.3

Caring for ill/disabled/
elderly person(s)

3.8

2.9

Pregnancy

0.0

0.7

Home duties

4.6

5.3

Other reason

2.5

3.3

(a) Aged 15–64 living in households.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S4.

The reasons given for not wanting to work more hours varied by sex. Employed working-age females with disability are more likely than their male counterparts, but less likely than females without disability, to cite studying or returning to studies as reasons:

  • 11% of working-age females with disability, compared with 21% without disability
  • 8% of working-age males with disability and 44% of working-age males without.

Consistent with reasons given by working-age people not in the labour force for not looking for work or not intending to work, ‘caring for children’ is more common for females than males. This was true for working-age people with disability (20% compared to 2%) and without disability (30% compared to 5%). But those with disability are less likely to cite this as a reason for not wanting to work more hours.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder.