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France – Demand for temporary workers still deteriorating

30 April 2012

The number of temporary workers in France declined by-12.7% in March 2012 when compared to a year ago, according to the employment barometer of the French association of employment agencies, Prisme.

The outlook for the French staffing industry was deteriorating further in March as the number of temporary workers had previously declined by -6.8% in February, and by -3.9% in January 2012 on a year-on-year basis.

Looking at the latest figures by type of role, the category that suffered the least included professionals and managers (-5% compared to March 2011) while skilled blue collar workers, low-level white collar and unskilled blue collar workers declined by as much as -12.5%, -14.8% and -15.6% respectively.

Continuing the trend reported last month, all sectors saw a year-on-year drop in March 2012, but the number of temporary staff in the industrial and transport sector saw the sharpest decline: -13.1% and -14.4%, respectively, compared with March last year. The retail and business services sectors were marginally less affected and declined by -11.2% and -11.46.6%, respectively.

The regions that suffered the sharpest declines in March 2012 were all located in the north-eastern part of the country: Lorraine and Alsace (-18.4%), followed by Picardie (-17.5%) and Champagne-Ardenne (-16.9%); the exception is Bretagne (-15.9%). All regions saw their number of temporary workers decline in March 2012, on a year-on-year basis; the more central regions of Limousin and Bourgogne recorded the smallest drops: -1.8% and -6.3%, respectively.

The employment barometer is based on statistics provided by temporary employment agencies, which represent more than 80% of temporary employment in the country.

To read the full report in French Language, click here.

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