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France – Prism’Emploi reports further declines in temporary employment

28 October 2013

The French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi, reported that temporary employment fell nationally by -6.8% during September 2013, compared with the same month a year ago.

While the number of skilled and unskilled workers fell by -5.8% and -7.8%, respectively, the number of managers and executive & contract workers fell more sharply, by -10.5% and -14.5%, respectively.

All of the major employment sectors recorded a decline in temporary staffing, with Transport reporting the smallest drop of -3%, followed by Construction with a fall of -5.3%. The Industrial sector reported a decline of -7.3%, with the Services and the Commercial sectors reported the steepest declines, with -8.1% and -8.8%, respectively. 

The regions of Alsace and Languedoc-Roussillon reported the sharpest fall in temporary employment during September, with -16.9% and -12.9% falls compared with the previous year. The greatest stability was reported in the regions of Auvergne (-0.9%), Upper Normandy (-1.4%), and lower Normandy (-1.7%).  

During the first nine months of the year, temporary employment fell by -11.1% compared with a year ago. Once again, Alsace reported the sharpest drop in temporary employment with -19.6%, followed by Nord-Pas-de-Calais with -15.2%.

The most stable regions in terms of temporary employment were Limousin (-6.6%), Auvergne (-7.8%), and Aquitaine (-8.5%). 

The Prism’Emploi Barometer is prepared by an independent third party, Umanis, and based on statistics reported by a panel of temporary employment agencies representing more than 80 % of temporary employment in France. 

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