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Germany seems to becoming increasingly fond of agency staff in the professional sector, after it has been announced that around 4,000 medical staff in the country are currently employed on a temporary basis.
Around three quarters of German hospitals have had difficulty in hiring permanent staff in 2011 and, without agency staff or contingent workers, they could not make do as a survey of the Deutsche Krankenhausinstitut confirms. Meanwhile critics argue that employing temporary staff is not only more costly, but also a strain on the structure of the health sector.
In addition, Lufthansa has just recently announced its plans to hire agency staff, a first in the company’s history underlining the trend in Germany to rely on more temporary workers. Although Lufthansa will for now only employ agency workers for 15 of its planes, the firm is planning to expand this amount in the near future to.