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While the French staffing industry is still struggling with falling client demand and activity levels remain below last year’s, there has been a small bright spot for recruiters in February. In the month, the number of temporary agency workers rose +2.5% from January.
According to the latest statistics by the French job centre (Pôle emploi), the number of temporary workers totalled 575,200 in February. However, this is still -8.3% below levels seen at the same time in 2012.
The largest proportion of temporary agency workers is employed in the industrial sector with nearly four-fifths being blue collar workers. Most agency workers are active in the five regions of Pays de la Loire, Centre, Haute-Normandie, Franche-Comté and Brittany.
During February, all job categories noted annual declines with the number of unskilled workers falling by -10.4% year-on year. But the number of managers and professionals also dropped by -10%, followed by skilled workers (-7.4%). The smallest decline was seen for white collar workers at -3.5%.
According to research by Staffing Industry Analysts, the French staffing market is not expected to see a recovery this year as economic growth is likely to remain sluggish.