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Germany – Temporary workers feeling the strain

31 January 2014

Temporary workers complain more often about neck and back pain than their permanent counterparts, according to a survey from the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, reports pharmazeutische-zeitung.de.

Although, on average, temporary workers tend to be younger 44% of temporary workers complain about physical pain, compared with 34% of permanent workers. When comparing non-physical symptoms; such as anxiety, irritability, or fatigue, both types of workers were equally likely to complain with 40%.

Of the approximately 800,000 temporary workers in Germany, 71% of men work jobs that involve heavy physical labour, have unfavourable working conditions, and are monotonous, according to the survey.      

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