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Around the Web – Temporary staffing “not brilliant but it works”

31 July 2012

Temporary staffing does not deserve the bad reputation it often has in Germany, the newspaper Handelsblatt wrote recently. The report argued that temporary employment may not be “brilliant but it works.”

In Germany, where temporary staffing has been on a steep increase within the last ten years and unions often denounce the industry as exploitative, the report puts forward an idea not often discussed in mainstream German media: temporary employment plays a significant part in today’s labour market and helps companies to stay flexible. But it also benefits the employees, especially those who have been out of work or need to work flexibly because of family arrangements.

The author calls for a change in how temporary staffing should be perceived more positively in Germany. This comes after a recent employer’s event hosted by the German association of employment agencies (BAP) discussed the image problems of temporary employment in the media as good news about the industry are still not selling well in the country.

The German labour market has developed positively over the last few years with unemployment falling from over 5 million in 2005 to under 3 million this year. Flexible employment has become an integral part of the jobs markets since deregulation has made it easier for staffing firms to operate.

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