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A recent survey revealed that Danes have greater confidence in temporary staffing firms finding them new work than job centres, according to research conducted by the Norwegian research firm Norstat; on behalf of the Association of Temporary Recruitment Agencies and the Danish Chambers of Commerce.
Jakob Tiegte, general secretary of the Association of Temporary Recruitment Agencies, commented: “We believe that the development is due to growth in the temporary industry, in the sense that temporary recruitment agencies are very professional, and have a focus on creating good jobs and development opportunities for those who choose to work through recruitment agencies.”
Previously perceived by most Danes to be a controversial employment solution, temporary work is now seen as positive, if not essential. Nearly 70% of those surveyed thought that temporary work is a good stepping stone to permanent employment. Of those surveyed, as many as 78% think that unemployed people should accept temporary work through agencies. 63% of Danes would be prepared to work through a recruitment agency if they became unemployed.
Jakob Tiegte added: “The media often hears about temporary agencies with relation to so-called ‘social dumping’ and underpayment scandals. But the vast majority of temporary agencies in Denmark several years ago, opted out of a strategy that involved wage dumping and poor conditions for temporary workers. Instead, we have chosen a method of temporary employment that is a safe way of working flexibly – unlike other forms of flexible employment. We would rather compete on delivering the right person for the right job, and do it quickly and professionally for customers.”
Despite increasing approval, of those responding to the survey, only 13% had secured full-time employment using temporary recruitment agencies.