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In U.S., most who work varying hours are OK with schedules

Staff Writer |
About one in six U.S. employees are nonsalaried hourly workers who say the number of hours they work from week to week varies.

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Moneywise, the majority of this group does not consider the variability in work hours a problem, with 67% saying their variable hours do not cause them financial hardship.

These results are based on interviews conducted Aug. 23-Sept. 4 with 528 hourly workers who say the number of hours they work each week varies.

Thirty-seven percent of all hourly workers - equivalent to 18% of all U.S. workers - say the number of hours they work varies from week to week, while the rest say their hours are fixed.

The results of Gallup's special study on this population of workers with variable hours indicate that while some report not getting enough work hours and likely suffering financial hardship, this represents the minority of such workers.

Additionally, the estimated 6% of all employed adults who say they are experiencing hardship as a result of varying hours is small on an absolute basis, although it could certainly have economic and social implications for those who feel this way.

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