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Although the German Government is a strong supporter of temporary employment because it is “a pipeline to permanent employment”, it has now come to light that the Government itself is hardly giving temporary workers a chance to work permanently for the federal authorities.
In 2011, only 3% of temporary workers were transitioned as permanent staff by federal authorities as revealed in a freedom of information request by the opposition party. This figure is surprisingly low compared to the proportion of ‘temp to perm’ seen within developed staffing markets. In the US, for example, Staffing Industry Analysts estimates that the temp to perm conversion rate is 20%.
The freedom of information request also showed that last year the Government had hired 1,089 temporary workers for an average period of two months. 835 of those were employed as “support staff” in canteens and kitchens. 812 were working in military district administrative offices across the country.
Only last week did the Labour minister Ursula von der Leyen urge people to give temporary employment a chance after a collective bargaining round for temporary workers last week had not led to any agreement.
The number of temporary workers in Germany this year has reached a record high with 910,000 people having been in temporary employment in 2011. According to figures published by the Federal Employment Agency (BA), temporary workers are now approaching the one million mark and compared to earlier statistics, the number of temporary workers has increased by +13% or 103,000 in just a year.