By Marcus Leach

Despite recent unemployment figures having dropped, new research published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that one in ten workers are underemployed.

The ONS study says that 3,050,000 UK workers want to work more hours each week, out of a total workforce of 29.41 million.

Since the beginning of the recession in 2008 this number has risen from 980,000, with most of those feeling underemployed coming from the part-time work sector.

The ONS said 1.9 million of the underemployed were in part-time jobs and this meant, in turn, that 24% of all part-timers wanted more work.

The ONS says the main reason for the growth of underemployment has been the economic downturn of the past few years.

"During this period many workers moved from full-time to part-time roles and many of those returning to work after a period of unemployment could only find part-time jobs," the statistical office said.

"Of the extra one million underemployed workers in 2012 compared with 2008, three-quarters were in part-time posts."

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