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France — Annus horribilis of 2009 is over but association remains prudent

30 June 2010

Arnaud de la Tour, the newly re-elected President of the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (PRISME), told a press conference in Paris yesterday that temporary employment in France has started recovering since the beginning of the year but that it is still too early to say if this trend will continue, French daily La Tribune reports.

De la Tour said "in the course of the first five months of the year the number of temporary employees [in industry] has grown by +10.2% compared to the same period in 2009."

However, the Association President prefers to remain prudent, especially when it comes to the industrial sector because "if the car industry, which accounts for 20% of temporary employment in France, starts coughing tomorrow we will see it in the figures."

De la Tour went on to say "we have also not forgotten that we are now at -20% below the 2008 levels. 2009 was an 'annus horribilis' for the temporary employment industry and we have lost almost -200,000 full-time equivalent temporary jobs."



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