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France — Temporary employment hard hit by the recession

07 September 2009

During the first six months of 2009 temporary employment in France has been reduced by 25% when compared to the first six months of 2008.

"It is very simple: In 18 months one temporary worker out of three has lost his job in France. The industry has gone down from 630,000 temporary workers at the end of 2007 to 400,000 temporary workers today," Francois Roux, Head of PRISME, the organisation which represents 90% of the temporary employment market told Le Figaro.

Industry and construction, which account for 2/3 of temporary workers are the worst hit sectors in the current recession. The car industry, in particular, has suffered enormous job losses but has recently stabilised.

Francois Davy, Head of Adecco France said that "after a fall of 80% in the first 3 months of 2009 the car industry has slightly recovered but we are still down by 50% in the second 3 months. We can therefore not talk about a real improvement because the future outlook is completely unclear."



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