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The staffing market in Italy continued to decline at the start of the year as demand for temporary employment remained weaker than a year ago. New research indicates that the number of temporary agency workers still fell in February 2013.
Data from the organisation for temporary agency labour (Ebitemp) shows that the seasonally-adjusted number of temporary agency workers in February dropped to 249,000, compared to about 264,000 in the prior year. This is a reduction of around -5.5%.
Hours worked by temporary staff was also down by -6% from a year earlier to around 24 million in the month. Hours worked per temporary employee decreased on average by -0.4% year-on-year. The data also shows that wages paid to temporary workers fell by -6.3% from the same time last year.
Although the economy is expected to remain sluggish this year, Staffing Industry Analysts expects the Italian staffing industry to return to growth in 2013, after declining last year.
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.