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Germany — Temporary employment up by +5% in February 2010

07 April 2010

According to the latest temporary employment index (Zeitarbeitsindex) published by the Association of Temporary Employers (BZA), temporary employment rose by +5% in February 2010 compared to the previous month. This shows that the index for the previous month (-5.4%) represents a seasonal low rather than a trend indicator.

Whilst temporary employment in companies with between 51 and 500 temporary employees only grew by +1.5% in February 2010, both smaller and larger firms registered a growth of 5.2% in temporary employment.


Compared to February 2009 temporary employment was up by a massive +23.5%. However, growth developments varied hugely according to company size:
  • In companies with up to 50 temporary employees, temporary employment was up by +13.2% year-on-year.
  • In companies with up to 500 temporary employees, temporary employment was down by -1.6% year-on-year.
  • In companies with over 500 temporary employees, temporary employment was up by 25% year-on-year.
BZA explains that large companies bore the brunt of the recession and therefore dismissed a disproportionate number of temporary employees last year, which is why the disproportionate growth in these companies is due to a catching up process.

 

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