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Germany – Skilled agency workers on the rise

07 January 2013

Demand for skilled workers in Germany’s staffing industry remains high and a new survey now shows that 27% of staffing firms in the country have seen a rise in the number of temporary agency workers who bring higher education levels with them.

New data by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research indicates that staffing companies estimate 28.5% of their temporary staff possess higher qualifications such as secondary education or university degrees.

The rise in temporary agency staff with better educational qualifications is linked directly to client demand. Staffing firms report that skilled agency workers are particularly high in demand in the IT and telecommunication sectors. This is followed by jobs in the mechanical engineering, metal and electrical, as well as the automotive and aviation industries.

Thomas Hetz of the federation of staffing companies (BAP) said: “The recent survey shows that the number of people with higher qualification is growing in the temporary staffing industry. Despite the increase of skilled workers in the market, temporary staffing continues to offer valid jobs to many people without higher education diplomas.” 

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