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France – Half-year decline in temporary staffing easing

05 July 2012

Despite declining activity across a number of European temporary staffing markets this year, new figures shows that temporary employment in France was more or less stable (-0.1%) in the first half of 2012 when compared to a year ago.

The data shows that in June there were around 567,600 temporary workers in employment, as the statistics body DARES recently reported on behalf of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, professional training and social dialogue.

But the news is not all good and caution should still remain in place as year-over-year the number of temporary workers in full-time equivalent dropped by -2%, while the number of temporary work contracts also fell by -1.6%.

Several sectors were hit by the deterioration of the temporary staffing market. In the first half of the year, the industrial sector saw a particularly sharp decline of temporary staffing levels with 1,900 posts being lost, an equivalent of -0.8%. The services industry was also hit hard, seeing a drop of -1.2% or an equivalent of 2,300 jobs. In contrast, the construction industry recorded an increase of 3,400 jobs, representing a rise of +2.8% on a year-over-year comparison basis.

This drop in activity follows a very mixed 2011 as last year the first half saw temporary employment go up only to drop again in the second half of the year. Overall, around 21,800 temporary jobs were axed in the year.

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


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Jaime Brandwood05/07/2012 10:01 am

Dear Sir,

Are you sure about the accuracy of the above article? Clicking on the link you have provided, I see an article which states in French that "À la fin du 1er trimestre 2012, 567 600 salariés sont intérimaires, un nombre quasiment stable par rapport au trimestre précédent (-700 postes, soit -0,1 %)". As far as my French goes, this means the -0.1% decline was a quarter on quarter decline, not a year over year decline (in fact on a year over year basis the decline appears to be more than -5%, which would be somewhat more consistent with data from trade association PRISME), and also refers to the quarter ended March 2012 (ie the 1er trimestre, not the 2nd trimestre). Can you please correct the article, or let me know if I am wrong? Thanks in advance.

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