Employment: Is work being spread more thinly? In this piece we look at the criticism that record employment has been achieved because work is being spread more thinly, and ask whether the employment rate would still be at a record high even if you changed the number of hours that count as being “employed”. The common thread in these arguments is that the increase in employment is actually down to work being spread more thinly, with more people working in low-hours jobs. Or to put it another way, work isn’t being spread more thinly. Record employment isn’t coming at the expense of more people working fewer hours, or hours they don’t want.