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France — Government relies even more heavily on staffing agencies

21 December 2009

Laurent Wauquiez, Secretary of State for Labour, has announced two new measures to support the government job centres (Pole Emploi) to cope with the increased workload the current economic crisis has created, Les Echos reports.

The earlier decision to hand over the task of finding temporary or permanent employment for 320,000 unemployed job seekers to private staffing agencies over the next two years will be altered to accelerate the process so that it takes place over one year rather than two years.

'Pole Emploi' will also employ an extra 1,000 contract workers in 2010 on top of the 5,340 new workers employed this year, of which 1,840 were permanent staff. This will bring the total number of people employed by the job centres to 46,533.

The Secretary of State was confident that the new measures can be financed. Wauquiez said "on the financing side we have what it takes."



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