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France – Temporary staffing deterioration continues

11 December 2012

The French staffing market has had recruiters worried this year as deteriorating market conditions have led to steep declines in revenue at firms such as Randstad, Adecco and ManpowerGroup – all of which have a large presence in the country.

New figures now show that temporary agency employment failed to pick up in October, following a downward trend seen since last year.

According to data by the French employment centre Pôle emploi, temporary staffing declined by -14% year-on-year as the number of temporary workers in the month dropped to 554,000 . Compared to September, this number decreased by -3.5%.

Many temporary workers in France are active in the blue collar or unskilled sector, which has been hit hard by the decline. In the industry sector, temporary employment in October declined by -4.9%, followed by the commercial industry (-2.5%) and construction (-2.4%).

Other markets impacted by the falling demand in temporary workers include the manufacture of electrical equipment (-5.1%) as well as the manufacture of transport equipment (-8.2%).

One of the sectors to see an increase in temporary employment was mining/energy/ water management/waste and pollution where the number of temporary workers increased by +4.1%.

Staffing Industry Analysts forecasts that the French staffing market will decline in terms of revenue this year.

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