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The number of female agency workers in Germany has nearly tripled in recent years as temporary staffing has become an increasingly popular option for women in the country. From 2000 to 2010, the number of women working as temporary agency staff grew from 75,826 to 223,778.
This is according to new figures from the German government which also shows the number of agency workers in the period overall doubled from 328,011 to 775,704. This means that the proportion of women employed as agency workers rose to 28.8% from 23.1% in the ten-year period.
“Temporary staffing is especially useful for women who cannot or do not want to take up an ordinary full-time role,” said Andrea Resigkeit from the iGZ, a German association representing staffing companies.
The trade body said that women opt for temporary work because staffing firms can offer flexible work arrangements. In Germany, agency workers are also covered by social security and are therefore entitled to a pension.
While the German staffing market, one of the largest in Europe, has proved to be resilient and grown considerably in size, there have been signs of a recent slowdown. In December 2012, (the latest available data), around 800,000 agency workers were active in the labour market. This represents a decline of -12% compared to the same time a year ago.