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Despite French President François Holland’s recent statement that the recovery was finally in sight, the French staffing industry continued to deteriorate in June 2013, with all major sectors still recording a decline in the number of temporary workers. The French staffing association Prisme Emploi released figures last Friday revealing an -11.2% fall in the number of temporary workers for June 2013, compared with the same period last year. Furthermore, for the first semester the fall amounted to -12.8%, compared with the same period last year.
The biggest declines were recorded in the Retail (-13.2%) and Services sectors (-12.5%); followed by the Industrial sector (-11.4%) and Construction (-10.2%). The transport sector fared slightly better with a -8% decline, compared with June 2012. Temporary workers in the Industrial sector accounted for 50.9% of all temporary agency workers, according to the association.
The category of workers that suffer the most was managers and skilled professionals (-15.8%), followed by unskilled blue-collar workers (-13.2%), white-collar employees (-11.87%), and skilled blue-collar workers (-10.4%).
Across France, the biggest regional declines in temporary employment were recorded in June 2013 were in Alsace (-18.6%), Nord-Pas-de-Calais (-16.6%), and Bretagne (-15%).