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Austria – Younger workers typically found in temporary employment

08 August 2012

Flexible working in Austria increased only marginally in the last three years and in 2011 those in ‘non-standard employment’, including temporary staffing, made up 31% of the total labour force, Statistics Austria said today.

The figures also show that temporary employment is more popular among young workers as the number of older employees found in the contingent workforce is significantly lower. Half of the temporary agency workers in the country are aged under 35.

The statistics office said that economic developments heavily impact the staffing industry. Between 2008 and 2011 temporary staffing showed a “clear reaction” to the economic crisis in 2009 with the number of agency workers dropping significantly.

Three quarters of agency workers are made up of those who have reached the minimum educational level and therefore have a lower level of qualification.

As in other European countries, temporary employment has suffered from declining activities this year. In July the unemployment rate among temporary staff was up by +16.8%, taking the toll to 24,755.

Austria has one of the smallest staffing industries in Western Europe where Trenkwalder is the market leader with 23% market share. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, the Austrian staffing market was worth €2.169 billion in 2011. 

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