Workforce Percentages - Shift Workers: United States
After conducting an in-depth search on the percentage of the United States workforce that are shift workers and the economy they drive, we were able to establish that an average of 13.33% of workers in the United States worked outside the normal 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM working schedule. However, we were unable to identify how shift workers have driven the United States economy.
First, we tracked the information from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and collected the number of United States workforce that are shift workers. The source that we found presented the percentage of employees working on the main job based on hours. To identify the percentage of shift workers, we determined the average percentage of each hour outside 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We presented this data as one of the findings of the percentage of the United States workforce that are shift workers. However, this percentage did not represent the relevant number, and the data provided was old. We decided to enrich the findings by including the percentage from other references.
We located the information of shift workers but could not find results associated with the percentage of shift workers. Therefore, we used alternative queries such as the United States shift workers reports, United States shift workers reviews and the likes. We found the reports from ILO, EPI research institute, and the World Economic Forum. Some sources were including the percentage of shift workers in the United States. The finding from the EPI research institute also revealed the percentage of hourly paid workers and the full-time salaried that were also shift-worker. To complete the findings, we tried to locate the data of the United States economic value driven by shift workers. Regrettably, we could not identify the related information about this data.
We initially investigated the information from the United States Labor services and compared information from research institutes such as EPI, McKinsey, and New American Economy. We were able to capture some data of shift workers in the United States such as the percentage of shift workers and the proportion of hourly-paid and full-time employees. Nevertheless, there was no information associated with the economic impact of shift workers. We extended our search and used alternative queries such as 24/7 economy and irregular schedule workers. We expected to find the data of GDP and other economic indicators associated with those terms. Unfortunately, we could not find any indications of the economic impact of shift work in the United States. Most of the results we got were related to the health impacts of shift working schedule in the United States. We found some pieces of literature from papers published on the JSTOR or Princeton University but they were old and did not mention any number related to the economy.
We broadened the query to the economy by including terms such as research of shift working and shift work reports. We found some findings from T-Sheets that described the number of economic losses resulted from shift working practices. However, these reports might not be exactly the same as the economy driven by shift workers. Nevertheless, because of the closest association with the economy, we decided to include the data from T-Sheets to enrich the research findings.
Percentage of the shift workers in the United States
An average of 13.33% of workers in the United States worked outside the normal 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM working schedule from 2011 to 2014, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Around 13% to 19% of employees in the United States took an irregular/on call, a split, or worked on a rotation work schedule every year. This is according to reports by the International Labour Organization. About 17% of employees in the United States have to work with unstable work shift schedules according to the EPI Briefing Paper. According to the New American Economy, around 30.2 million employees in the United States work outside the traditional set hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is an equivalent of 19.2% of the United States workforce.
Full-time and hourly shift workers
Around 16% of workers who are paid per hour in the United States are working shifts. This is according to the EPI Briefing Paper. Around 12% of employees on a salary in the United States work shifts.