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France - Temporary employment down slightly

28 January 2014

Temporary employment fell nationally by -0.8% during December 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from the French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi.

Nevertheless, a moderate growth in the number of white-collar workers was recorded: up +0.3% on a year-on-year basis. The numbers fell slightly for all other worker categories: managers and executives (-0.1%), skilled blue-collar workers (-0.6%), and unskilled blue-collar workers (-1.7%).

However, looking at the numbers of workers across the main industry sectors, the figures are a lot more contrasted: the number of temporary workers employed in the Commercial sector grew by +4.1% in December, compared with a year ago; followed by the Transport sector (+3.3%). The number of temporary workers in the Industrial sector fell slightly by -0.6%. The biggest year-on-year drops in temporary worker number were reported in the Services (-2.9%) and Construction (-6.8%) sectors.

Of the 21 French regions, eight reported year-on-year growth in the number of temporary workers during December. The largest increases were found in Auvergne (+6.3%), Franche-Comté (+5.7%) and Rhône-Alpes (+2.5%). The regions of Languedoc-Roussillon, PACA and Bretagne reported the sharpest falls in temporary employment during December, with -12.1%, -6.1% and -5.1%, respectively.

Over the whole year 2013, temporary employment fell by -8.6% across France, compared with the previous year. Alsace has experienced the biggest fall in temporary employment with -15.9%, followed by Languedoc-Roussillon (-12.6%), Nord-Pas-de-Calais (-11.8%) and Bretagne (-11.3%).

The most stable regions in terms of temporary employment were Auvergne (-4.5%), Limousin (-4.9%), and Upper Normandy (-6.0%).

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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