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France – Firms employ fewer agency workers

13 March 2013

Large staffing firms such as Adecco, Randstad and ManpowerGroup have all reported weak demand in France last year and new research shows that the staffing industry continued to decline at the start of 2013. This is according to data from the French employment centre, Pôle emploi.

In January, the number of temporary agency workers in the country fell by -10.3% year-on-year to 560,900. Compared to December, the number dropped by a slight -0.3%.  

The research shows that around 45% of all agency workers are employed in the industrial sector. This sector posted an increase of +3.6% in the number of agency workers employed. But declines were noted in the construction (-1.9%) and the tertiary sector (-4.3%).

Most agency staff work in the five regions of Pays de la Loire, Centre, Haute-Normandie, Franche-Comté and Brittany. Men dominate the staffing industry, representing 72% of all temporary agency workers in January.

The workforce in the French staffing industry is also a young one, with under-30s making up 46% of agency workers. Professionals and managers represent only 10% of all agency workers in France, compared to around 12% for white-collar workers. Most agency staff can be found in blue-collar type jobs.  


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