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Germany – Audi to cut hundreds of temporary jobs

27 July 2012

The German carmaker Audi AG is going to axe “several hundred” temporary jobs at a site in Southern Germany. This comes after the federal employment agency (BA) this week reported a fall in temporary staffing, warning of a weakening labour market.

Media reports claim that Audi is going to lay off the temporary workers gradually within the coming year. The automobile manufacturer is currently hiring 1,400 agency staff at its base in Neckarsulm, roughly half of its total national figure.

A spokesperson said to Staffing Industry Analysts that Audi is using agency workers when workloads are particularly high. The temporary workers had mainly been used for the production of its A7 model, however, this part of the manufacturing process had now been concluded.

Because of this, the spokesperson said, “we will successively reduce the number of temporary workers in Neckarsulm by some hundreds. There is no radical cut planned. There will still be temporary workers at the production site in Neckarsulm by the end of the year, but their number won’t be so high as it is now.”

The latest statistics by the BA revealed this week that the German staffing industry has not been able to maintain its momentum as the number of agency workers dropped to 871,700 in December 2011 from an all-time high of 927,100 in August 2011. It warned that temporary employment is an early indicator on the labour market, and the job market may well slow down.

Audi said to Staffing Industry Analysts that the number of its employees in Germany has grown from 47,976 in December 2011 to currently over 48,700. 

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