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France – No recovery expected for staffing market in 2013

12 February 2013

New figures show that the French staffing market contracted by -9% at the end of last year and a return to growth is not expected in 2013. The news will come as no surprise to those working in the local staffing industry. The sector has been weakened by poor economic conditions and a lack of business confidence.

According to the French employment centre, Pôle emploi, the number of temporary agency workers fell by -9% in December 2012 when compared to a year ago. Month-on-month, the decline is somewhat more moderate at a rate of -2%.

The majority of agency workers in France, around 42%, are active in the industrial sector which shows a downward trend. The number of temporary workers fell by -1% in industry and -9% in the construction sector. Nearly four fifths of agency workers are blue collar workers and most work in the north-eastern parts of the country.

But the data shows a more positive trend in the tertiary sector which includes the sales and services industry. Here, the number of temporary workers rose by +3%, particularly in the transport and storage industry.

Staffing Industry Analysts does not expect the French staffing market to recover in 2013, following months of decline seen last year. Members can view the latest market forecasts for France here.


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