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Germany – Increase in temporary job placements a “negative” trend

14 January 2013

Germany’s federal employment agency (BA) will review its partnership with the temporary staffing industry after the agency cited “negative developments” as one of the reasons to look into the existing relationship with staffing companies.

The newspaper Die Welt broke the news, revealing that the number of unemployed people who later found temporary agency jobs has risen dramatically in recent years when compared to those finding regular employment.

The newspaper cites new research which shows that temporary job placements in 2007 represented only half of “regular” placements. In 2010, temporary placements exceeded non-temporary ones before returning to an equal level recently.   

Author of the paper and head of the main staff council at the BA, Eberhard Einsiedler, criticised this development. He said the federal agency measures its success by the number of job placements, including temporary ones.

“We want to distance ourselves from this view which mainly looks at numbers. We want to concentrate more on quality and the sustainable benefit to customers,” he said.  

The paper found that placing unemployed people into temporary jobs tends to be easier as employment opportunities in the staffing industry are high.

The BA meanwhile said that more focus should be put on sustainability. A spokesperson told the newspaper that placements into temporary jobs may be handled differently in the future. 

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