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Germany – Half of temporary workers unhappy

16 January 2014

Less than half of temporary workers in Germany feel that they make a positive impact in their job, according to a study from recruitment firm Page Personnel, reports Spiegel.de. The study revealed that half of respondents were actively seeking another job during their most recent temporary contract.

In contrast, 85% of employers feel that using temporary workers is good for their company. The increased flexibility was the primary reason given by 94% of employers; however, only 38% felt that using temporary workers brought additional expertise to the company.

Ricardo Corominas, Head of HR Consulting for Page Personnel and editor of the study, commented: “In Germany people believe that you have to get a permanent job. The goal of temporary workers is to be kept on by a company, but they also appreciate that they can build up a network through their assignments. They understand that temporary work is a way to participate in the labour market in difficult economic times.”      

“About 2% of workers in Germany are temporary workers, but there are many more in other countries,” Mr Corominas added.

The image of temporary work differs greatly from country to country; in the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, and the US temporary work has a good reputations. In Spain, Italy, and South America it is less well regarded.

“That has a lot to do with the history and experience that a country has had with temporary work. And, of course, the working conditions,” added Mr Corominas, who previously worked as a recruitment consultant in Spain for 13 years. “In Spain, for example, temporary work has been used in the past to buy manpower cheaply, the employment conditions were precarious, pay was low and often excluded social benefits. That has now changed but that image of temporary work remains.” 

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