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Germany – Temporary employment, the “fire brigade of the economy”

08 June 2012

Recent studies confirm what the current Government has been saying for a while: temporary employment helps to integrate unemployed people as practical work experience is valued more than theoretical educational qualifications.

“Recent surveys in the staffing industry show that temporary employment is becoming more and more of a strategic recruitment tool for companies,” according to CEO at the staffing firm Orizon, Dieter Traub.“We are not only the fire brigade of the economy but also the partner in long-term recruitment tasks.

The penetration rate has continued to rise since the beginning of 2011 to an average of 15%.”He also said the classical triangular relationship between the agency worker, the staffing firm and the staffing buyer is being redefined as “temporary employment is becoming a career coach for applicants and employees”, helping them to find full-time employment while working flexibly. 

The federation of German employment agencies, BAP, finds confirmation in a study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. This showed that 76% of permanent workers who had previously been employed on a temporary basis would not have been able to get a full-time job without their prior experience as a contingent employee. 

“Temporary employment lifts people out of unemployment,” said Volker Enkerts, president at BAP. “Staffing firms offer employees the opportunity to qualify for new jobs. Temporary employment opens the path into new jobs with a future, particularly for career changers.”

In Germany, temporary employment often attracts negative press coverage although the German Government has advocated its use as a driver for economic growth.

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