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Germany – Women still in a minority among temporary workers

14 December 2012

Most temporary agency workers in Germany are male because temporary staffing remains popular in jobs that are traditionally filled by men, the government has revealed following an enquiry by the left-wing party Die Linke.

This shows that, at the end of 2011, 71% of temporary agency workers in the country paying social contributions were male. Some of the largest clients to staffing firms can be found in the industrial and transport sectors – this explains why men still dominate the market as women are generally less active in these professions.

While only 29% of agency workers were female last year, their share has increased by +6% from 2000. The figures indicate that women tend to work in unskilled or office-related jobs although, proportionally, men still have a lead in these markets.

But there are several job sectors where women outnumber men. Jobs involving body care, such as cosmeticians, are dominated by women, followed by ‘domestic jobs’.

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