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France – Staffing market sees no recovery

14 January 2013

Staffing firms in France posted lower sales figures last year and new statistics show that the staffing market saw no recovery towards the end of the year. In November 2012, the number of temporary agency workers dropped by -9.4% to 578,700, according to the French public employment services (Pôle emploi).

The data shows that temporary staffing saw a downturn in the tertiary sector (-3.1%) in areas such as public administration, transport, and trade of motor vehicles. But in the industry and construction sectors, temporary employment increased by +3.2% and +3.0% respectively.

Within industry, the manufacturing of transport equipment posted growth of +6.1%, followed by the manufacturing of other industrial products (+3.9%) and electrical equipment (+2.9%).

Most temporary staff, around 43%, work in industry jobs and are blue collar workers. The highest proportions of temporary staff are concentrated in five regions:  Pays de la Loire, Centre, Haute-Normandie, Franche-Comté and Bretagne.

Staffing Industry Analysts expects the French staffing market to deteriorate in terms of revenue this year, according to the recently published 2013 growth forecasts. This comes after Adecco last month announced plans to diversify its business to offset the market decline.

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