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Germany — 81,000 new temporary employees since May 2009

02 December 2009

The latest temporary employment index (Zeitarbeitsindex) published by the Institute of the German Economy (IW) on behalf of the Federal Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (BZA) reveals that temporary employment in October 2009 is up by 1.6% when compared to the previous month.

This brings the latest total number of temporary employees in Germany to 598,000, an increase of 81,000 over the lows in May where temporary employment had fallen to 517,000 individuals.

Temporary employees therefore represent 1.4% of the total German workforce in October 2009.

BZA President Ludger Hinsen explains "The latest increase of 1.6% may be lower than in previous months but it is extraordinary for the month of October. Over the last 15 years, temporary employment has for seasonality reasons always had negative growth in October of -0.8%."

"[This is because] the car industry and general manufacturing have employed more temporary workers in October this year. Temporary employment in services, business and the health sector has been continuously up, anyway.

To read the full temporary employment index in German language please click here



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