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Europe – More hours worked by agency workers

07 January 2014

For the first time since December 2011, the Eurociett Agency Work Business Indicator reported a positive growth figure (+0.6%) for the European average of total hours worked by agency workers. The December Indicator marks the first appearance of data from Denmark, bringing the total number of reporting countries to nine, representing 59% of the total European agency work market.

BELGIUM 

In November 2013, the number of hours worked by agency workers grew by +4.8% compared with a year ago, resulting from a rise of +6.7% in the number of hours worked in the blue collar segment and a rise of +2.3% in the white collar segment. 

SWITZERLAND

The number of hours worked by agency workers in November 2013 was -0.7% lower compared with the same period last year.  

GERMANY

The number of hours worked by agency workers in June 2013, the most recent figure available, fell by -6.7%, compared with June 2012. This was the biggest year-on-year fall of the nine countries included in the report.

DENMARK

Compared with last year, the number of hours worked by agency workers in Denmark rose by +14% during Q3 2013. Year-on-year turnover rose by +13% during Q3 2013 compared with Q3 2012.  

FRANCE 

After 22 months of decline, temporary work turnover stabilised in October, while the number of hours worked dropped by -0.5%. Turnover remained static during October 2013 compared with a year ago. 

ITALY

Strong growth of +8% was reported in the number of hours worked during October 2013 compared with last year.

NETHERLANDS 

In period 12 (weeks 45 - 48) the number of hours worked increased by +1%, and turnover grew by +2%, in comparison with the same period last year.  

NORWAY

While the number of hours worked in Norway fell by -3.4% during Q3 2013, turnover in the industry rose by +5.8%, year-on-year.

POLAND

The biggest year-on-year increases in terms of both the number of hours worked and industry turnover was reported in Poland during Q3 2013. Hours worked rose by +19.3%, and industry turnover increased by +21%.

SWEDEN 

The number of hours worked by Swedish agency workers during Q3 2013 is unavailable; however turnover rose during the period by +0.7% when compared with Q3 2012.

UK 

Agencies' billings from the employment of temporary and contract staff increased for a sixth consecutive month in October. Although easing to its slowest rate since June, the rate of growth remained strong. The Midlands continued to post the strongest temporary jobs growth during the latest survey period, while the south registered the slowest rise.   

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