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France – Labour reforms to offer permanent jobs to temps

04 February 2013

Employers and trade unions last month struck a deal on reforming the French labour market which has also opened up possibilities for the staffing market. In the future, staffing companies may hire temporary workers on permanent contracts.

This would be a first in France, while countries such as Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands already use permanent contracts for agency workers at higher skill levels.

The French staffing industry has been given six months to negotiate the introduction of permanent contracts in the sector. The French association of employment agencies (PRISME) will open negotiations on 1 March with trade unions.

Giving temporary workers an opportunity to work on a permanent basis has been hailed as an important step by employers to ensure job security. Prisme called it a “major social progress.” Staffing firms, such as ManpowerGroup, have welcomed the news as this could increase pricing levels and drive profits.

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