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Italy – Agency employment down in March

08 May 2012

In March 2012, the average monthly number of agency workers in Italy decreased by -0.8% when compared to a year ago, according to the latest figures published today by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment representing employers' associations and unions (Ebitemp).

In the month, there were around 262,000 agency workers in employment, which is down from 267,500 in March 2011.

The hours worked by agency workers in March amounted to around 25.3 million in March 2012, an increase of +3.7% compared to a year ago.  But the hours worked per employee decreased on average by -2.3% in the month.

The seasonally adjusted sum of wages paid to temporary agency workers in March 2012 also dropped by -0.2% when compared to the previous year. All figures were seasonally adjusted.

Italy is a key market for the European staffing landscape and the combined value of the Italian staffing market was worth around €5.755 billion in 2010, according to Staffing Industry Analysts’ research.

The staffing market in the country is made up of three key components – generalist firms, which represent 96% of the market, Research & Selection companies (3.5%) and outplacement agencies (0.5%) or a combination of these. Adecco is the market leader with around 15% market share while the top five firms make up 56% of the entire Italian staffing industry.

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