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France – Temporary staffing demand in decline

30 October 2012

Recruiters in France are struggling from a deterioration of market conditions as temporary billings continued to fall in September, following months of decline seen in the staffing industry.

Last week the world’s second-largest staffing company Randstad said it faced a more challenging environment in the country with CEO Ben Noteboom saying that business confidence was eroding fast in France.

New statistics now show that the number of temporary workers fell by -13.4% in September compared to the same month in the prior year with all sectors seeing a decline.

The industry and construction sector posted a sharp fall of -15.4%. The trade sector showed the smallest decline (-7.9%) while the services sector and transport segment recorded a decrease of -9.6% and -10.2% respectively.

Both skilled and unskilled blue collar workers were affected with their numbers decreasing by -14.6% and -15.1%. In other job categories, temporary employees in the white collar sector saw their numbers fall by -8.4% while managers and professionals noted a decline of -8.8%.

Temporary employment decreased across the country but mostly impacted the eastern part of France with fewer temporary workers found in Franche-Comté (-21.8%), Alsace (-21.4%) and Champagne-Ardenne (-19.1%). 

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