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Austria - 62% of employers believe temporary employment protects permanent jobs

16 November 2011

97% of companies, which employ agency temporary employees, are only able to cope with peaks because they use agency staff and 74% said that agency temporary employment protects Austria as a business location, according to new research carried out jointly by staffing agency Powerserv and the SORA Institute for Social Research and Consulting.

62% of employers said that agency temporary employment protects permanent jobs and one in two believe that agency employment prevents Austrian companies from relocating to other countries.

Three quarters of employers, who currently employ agency staff, intend to maintain agency staffing levels in the future. 10% intend to use more agency staff in the future.

Agency temporary employees in Austria traditionally work in companies with 50+ employees. However, the research reveals that 37% of those employers who have never used agency temporary employees, would do so in the future in order to cope with business peaks.

Two out of three employers would either turn down business or hire agency staff instead of taking the risk of hiring permanent staff during times of economic uncertainty.

40% of employers expect their businesses to grow in 2012 compared with 7% who expect negative growth.

Peter Lisowski, Managing Director of Powerserv, commented "we believe that in future smaller companies with between 10 and 15 employees will increasingly use agency staff. Nobody knows at the moment which way the economy is going and we can assume that this will continue to be the case. That is why smaller local firms will also have to have more flexibility in their staffing levels in order to cope with peaks and troughs."

Günther Ogris of SORA, added "the results of the survey underline the significance of agency temporary employment, especially at a macro-economic level."

Powerserv was founded in 1986 and has 50 branch offices across Austria, Germany, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Czech Republic and Hungary.

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