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11 January 2010
According to the latest statistics published by the Association of Temporary employment Agencies (PRISME), temporary employment in 2009 was down by 28.7% or 175,000 job losses. This compares to a fall of 8.3% in 2008 or 55,000 job losses.
In total, 230,000 jobs have been lost in the temporary employment market since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008.
In the course of the first 11 months of 2009, temporary employment agencies have registered a 43% fall in the number of new temporary contracts signed. This compares to a 26% growth in new contracts in 2008.
Temporary employment in the farming and food sectors as well as in the health sector has been the least impacted by the economic crisis. The car industry has registered an increase in temporary employment mainly due to government measures such as the scrappage scheme for old cars.