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France – Temporary employment back to growth

31 December 2013

Temporary employment increased nationally by +1.2% during November 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from the French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi. This is the first time since December 2011 that the French staffing industry has reported year on year growth.

The number of hours billed attributed to skilled blue collar workers increased by +3.1% on a year on year basis, while unskilled blue collar workers and white collar workers increased slightly, by +0.5% and +0.2% respectively. In contrast hours billed for managers and executives fell by -1.1%.

The number of temporary workers employed in the Transport industry, Retail, and Industrial sector further increased during November compared with a year ago, by +4.1%, +2.9% and +2.5%, respectively. The temporary worker numbers fell in the Construction (-3.5%) and Services (-1.0%) sectors.

The strongest increases were reported in the regions of Franche Comté (8%), Champagne-Ardenne (7%) and Rhône-Alpes (6.2%), while Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) recorded the sharpest falls, of -9.3% and -3.3%, respectively.

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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