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Germany — New interactive map on temporary employment penetration

23 September 2009

The Institute for Economic and Social Sciences (WSI) of the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation, has just published a detailed map of temporary employment penetration in 429 cities and regions of the country.

The map shows that temporary employment penetration varies widely. Some rural areas have almost no temporary employment. In more than 30 cities on the other hand temporary employees as a percentage of all social security paying employees accounted for between 5% and 12%.

The database and interactive map, which are both available on the Internet, are based on the latest 2008 official annual data from the Federal Agency for Labour (BA). They will both be updated as and when more recent data is available.

The highest penetration levels for temporary employment were recorded in industrial cities and areas with a population of between 50,000 and 200,000 inhabitants. In places like Heilbronn, Plauen, Braunschweig, Ulm, Zwickau, Eisenach, Landshut, Wolfsburg (home of the Volkswagen group) and Ansbach penetration rates of between 6% and 12% were recorded by the Institute.

WSI researcher Alexander Herzog-Stein said, "our data shows that temporary employment in Germany was in some regions becoming an important form of employment before the economic crisis. After everything we know, many of these temporary employees have lost their jobs since then due to the crisis. In areas of high temporary employment penetration (the loss of jobs) could lead to considerable problems in the labour market."

To see the interactive map please click here



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