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After the 4% increase in German temporary employment in June, the President of the Federal Association for Temporary Employment (BZA) Volker Enkerts told Der Spiegel "my impression is that there was even more growth in temporary employment in July than there was in June this year."
Official statistics on temporary employment are not yet available but major industry players are equally positive about industry developments. Randstad said "we can feel the upward trend" and Christian Salge of Manpower said "yes, things are on the up."
Thomas Hetz, President of the Association of Medium-sized Temporary Employment Services Providers is even more outspokenly positive. "Demand among our members is up by 10% and we learn from experience that when our industry does well the rest of the economy starts catching up 6 months later.
However, Alexander Herzog-Stein of the Institute for Economics and Social Sciences (WSI) is more sceptical. "Thousands of companies in Germany are operating on reduced working hour schemes. When things get better these firms will first of all put their staff on normal full-time hours. This speaks against a very fast recovery of the temporary employment industry. "
Longer term prospects for the temporary employment industry on the other hand are judged as positive even by Mr. Herzog-Stein. "The upward trend of the past years will definitely continue after the economic crisis. The idea of 1 million temporary employees in Germany does not appear as unrealistic anymore."