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Germany – Government hires record number of agency workers

06 February 2013

Germany’s current government has used more temporary agency staff than previous governments, according to a freedom of information request. This showed that the number of agency workers used in ministries and local authorities grew from 1,089 to 2,092 between 2011 and 2012.

Eight years ago, there were only 125 temporary agency employees working in governmental bodies. The figures also show that, last year, most temporary workers – 1,834 in total – were found in the ministry of defence. The agency workers were mainly part of kitchen staff while 1,237 were hired to fill in for permanent staff on leave.

Over half of agency workers hired by the government were working full-time while 44% had part-time jobs.  The government called in 106 staffing firms to meet its recruitment needs. And the data also shows that the current government outsourced jobs to around 530 external service providers via labour contracts in 2012.  

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