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In June 2012, the number of temporary workers in Germany increased by about 26,000 month on month to total 863,000, a penetration rate of 2.1%, according to the current IWZeitarbeitsindex, produced by the Institute of Economic Research (IW) and the Federal Employers' Association of Personnel Services (BAP).
The number of temporary workers has grown in fifteen of the sixteen states with only Niedersachsen showing negative growth at -0.1% and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the east grew most strongly at 4.7% month on month..
The market however has a way to go to recover to the level of 871,700 temporary workers in December 2011 recorded by the Federal Employment Agency (BA)
To paraphrase BAP President Volker Enkerts: overall, the current order book is encouraging, but the number of temporary workers in the second half will stabilize rather than continue to grow. Due to additional costs including the Equal Pay Regulations and the lack of workers in many regional labour markets.
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