More than three-quarters of the world's workforce have insecure, part-time, temporary or otherwise unstable jobs, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the UN agency notes that's hurting the global economy.
The report, by the International Labour Organization (ILO), indicates about 25 per cent of workers have "stable" employment.
The rest are working part time, self-employed, only have temporary employment or have had to settle for something else, such as unpaid family work, to earn their keep.
If I'm working part time I should, pro-rated, be getting paid the same amount as the person sitting next to me working full time- ILO head Guy Ryder
"In some cases, non-standard forms of work can help people get a foothold into the job market," ILO director general Guy Ryder said. "But these emerging trends are also a reflection of the widespread insecurity that's affecting many workers worldwide today."
The report looked at working conditions in 180 countries, and claims to cover 84 per cent of the world's potential pool of labour.