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Germany – Temporary worker numbers rise

29 November 2013

The number of temporary workers in Germany continues to rise slowly but steadily, according to the monthly labour market report from the Federal Employment Agency (BA). In September the number of workers rose to 784,100, an increase of +1.1% from 775,700 the previous month.

On a year-on-year basis, the number of temporary workers fell by -0.6%, equating to 5,000 fewer temporary jobs in September 2013 compared with September 2012. According to the BA, this year-on-year decline is showing improvement.

Unemployment across Germany increased between October and November to 2.8 million, up by 5,000. Compared with last year, there are now 55,000 more people out of work. Month-on-month unemployment rose by 10,000.

Demand for labour has stabilised in recent months. In November, the BA reported 431,000 job vacancies. 20,000 fewer than last year. Those most sought sector professionals are in sales, logistics, mechatronics, machinery, transport equipment, and health care workers.

The BA Job Index, which measures the demand for labour in Germany, in November was 149 points, two points lower than in October. 

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