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Europe – Vacancies for agency workers drop

21 December 2012

There has been falling demand for temporary workers as the number of vacancies offered by staffing firms has dropped this year, according to the latest research by the European Commission. Across several European countries, there were fewer job vacancies listed for each month up to August 2012 when compared to a year ago.

“Temporary work agencies have not been immune to the falling demand for labour, though the trend has fluctuated,” the report said. Although the UK saw a slight increase in vacancies for temporary staff, the biggest fall was posted in Spain.

In Spain and the Netherlands, the number of job vacancies posted through staffing firms showed a year-on-year decline in the first quarter of the year. This corresponds to strong declines in the overall number of job vacancies in the period.  

The report indicates that the UK has seen a “systematic” fall in temporary job vacancies throughout 2011 and 2012, showing only a “minor” positive trend in 2012. In France and Germany, the number of vacancies between March 2011 and March 2012 increased, the report said.

“For Germany, combining the evidence of decreasing unemployment rates and total numbers of vacancies, this suggests that German employers kept recruiting workers, but adopted a more cautious approach by using more flexible contracts,” the report stated.

To access the European Vacancy Monitor, click here.

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