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France – Temporary employment market stabilising

29 November 2013

Temporary employment fell nationally by -0.9% during October 2013, compared with a year ago, according to the latest figures from the French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi.

Skilled blue-collar workers was the only sector to report year-on-year growth in worker numbers, with +0.1%. In contrast, the number of unskilled blue-collar workers fell by -2%, white-collar workers fell by -3.3%, and managers and executives fell most sharply by -7.4%.

The number of temporary workers employed in the Transport industry grew by +2.6% in October, compared with a year ago. Small declines of -0.4% and -0.5% were reported in the Commercial and Industrial sectors, respectively. The biggest year-on-year drops in temporary worker numbers were reported in the Construction (-1.8%) and Services (-3.9%) sectors.

The regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Alsace reported the sharpest falls in temporary employment during October, with -10% and -6.2%, respectively. This continues the trend from September when those two regions also reported the sharpest year-on-year declines.

Of the 21 French regions, seven reported year-on-year growth during October, with Auvergne and Lower Normandy achieving the highest growth rate of +7% and +5.5%, respectively.

During the year to October temporary employment fell by -10.1% across France, compared with the same period a year ago.  Alsace has experienced the biggest fall in temporary employment with -18.3%, followed by Nord-Pas-de-Calais with -14%.

The most stable regions in terms of temporary employment were Limousin (-5.9%), Auvergne (-6.3%), and Upper Normandy (-7.6%).

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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