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France — Temporary employment grew in Q3 and Q4 2009

15 February 2010

According to the latest data published by the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Research (INSEE), temporary employment has grown by 36,900 individuals in the third quarter of 2009 and by 28,400 individuals in the fourth quarter of 2009, which is equal to a growth rate of 6%.

This development comes after strong negative growth in temporary employment between the second quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. Temporary employment started to stabilise in the second quarter of 2009.


However, when compared to the fourth quarter of 2008, year-on-year temporary employment in the fourth quarter of 2009 was still down by -19,500 individuals to 501,900 individuals.

Jean-Louis Maurier, Economist at financial services firm Aurel BGC, told French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur "the growth in temporary employment is a good sign but the labour market has not really recovered yet. Employers are currently using temporary employees to cover peaks but they are not going to start properly employing again until they can see continued growth [in the economy]."

 

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