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Germany – Temporary workers numbers remain static

08 October 2013

The number of temporary workers in Germany has remained at a low level for the past five years, according to data from the Federal Employment Agency for temporary work. The proportion of temporary workers employed during the second quarter of 2008 averaged 1.9%. In the second quarter of 2013, the proportion was 2%. Two years ago, during Q2 2011, that figure was 2.2%.

The social security contributions for all social insurance agencies reported no specific increases or decreases.

Thomas Hetz, Chief Executive of the Federal Employers’ Association of Personnel Services (BAP), said: “It speaks for itself, there can be no question that increases in temporary work result in the displacement of permanent employees in companies.” 

“This image that has always been depicted to the public of our industry is simply wrong. The figures show, rather, that temporary work is a constant in the labour market, but on a small scale. Demands to limit temporary work make little sense in light of this data, especially since it is temporary employment that will bring many people out of unemployment and provide young people with an important first job experience,” he concluded.    

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