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Germany – Skilled labour more important for staffing industry?

17 September 2012

Temporary staffing will gain more significance in the recruitment of a skilled workforce than for an unskilled labour force in the future, an industry forum in Hamburg heard last week.

This will be one of the main consequences triggered by the collective labour agreements, which are starting to raise pay rates for agency workers in November this year.

Recruitment agencies and staffing hirers are facing significant changes, the German association of staffing firms (BAP) said. Increasing qualifications for skilled agency workers will be one of them and offering systematic training is therefore paramount.

“The proportion of ‘knowledge-intensive’ labour will increase massively. Demand for highly-qualified employees will therefore increase,“ said Sebastian Lazay of the BAP.

The staffing association also said that the collective agreements will make temporary employment more attractive, raising motivation levels amongst staff. It said that this will impact performance in production of which the “entire temporary staffing industry” will benefit. 

A number of collective agreements were negotiated this year with the most influential one achieved in the metal and electrical industry where 240,000 temporary workers will benefit from higher pay in November.

Labour experts already warned in May that such agreements will make temporary staffing more expensive and decrease job opportunities for low-skilled workers.

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