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Italy – Staffing market weakens further

10 January 2013

The staffing market in Italy showed little signs of recovery towards the end of last year as demand for temporary employment remained weak. New research indicates that the number of temporary agency workers continued to fall in November 2012.

The seasonally-adjusted number of temporary agency workers dropped by -9% in the month to just over 260,000 when compared to a year ago.

Hours worked by temporary staff was also down by -9% from a year earlier to around 24.95 million in November. Hours worked per temporary employee decreased on average by -1.6% year-on-year.

The data from the bilateral organisation for temporary agency labour (Ebitemp) shows that  wages paid to temporary workers fell by -9% from the same time last year.

Other labour market indicators showed that Italy’s unemployment rate in November remained at a record high of 11.1%, a +1.8% increase from a year ago. Overall, unemployment in Euro countries crept to an all-time high of 11.8% in the month.

In Italy, joblessness exceeded the 11% mark during October for the first time in over a decade. In November, employment levels also fell month-on-month to 56.8% from 56.9%.

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.

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