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France – Temporary employment remains down nationwide

01 October 2013

The French Association of Employment Agencies, Prism’Emploi, reported that temporary employment fell nationally by -5.7% in August 2013, compared with the same month last year.

Transportation was the only sector to report growth with a +0.7% increase, year-on-year. The services sector experienced a -4.2% decline, with the construction and industrial sectors falling by -5.8% and -7.2%, respectively. 

During August the number of temporary white collar workers fell by -5.3%, compared with a year ago. Temporary professionals and managers reported the sharpest decline in numbers with a drop of -8.8%. The number of skilled workers and unskilled workers also fell, year-on-year, by -7.5% and -6.1%, respectively.

Alsace was the region most badly affected, with a fall of -12.1% in August compared with a year ago, followed by Nord-Pas-de-Calais with -8.9%. The regions that faired best were Auvergne with a small drop of -1.5% and Champagne Ardenne with -2.3%.

During the first eight months of the year temporary employment has fallen across France by -11.6% compared with the same period during 2012 so the recent figures for August do suggest the decline is easing.

Prism’Emploi, previously known as Prisme, announced in June 2013 that they were changing their name in order to highlight the daily involvement of agencies in the preservation and creation of jobs.  


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Jobs 02/10/2013 4:22 am

Temporary work is a highly regulated activity in France, and should not be confused with the lucrative hiring-out of labour and labour-only subcontracting, which as a rule are forbidden by the law. Neither should it be confused with fixed-term contracts, which are subject to another status, and which are also frequently called temporary work.

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