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Italy – Temporary agency employment sees falling demand

15 November 2012

The Italian staffing market has been hit by worsening trading conditions this year with large players such as Randstad and ManpowerGroup recently reporting a fall in third-quarter sales. And new statistics by the bilateral organisation for temporary agency labour (Ebitemp) now show that temporary billings continued to fall in September.

In the month, the number of temporary workers was down by -9% to 265,000 from 291,000 a year ago. Hours worked by temporary staff declined by -11.6% year-on-year and amounted to 24.2 million. Hours worked per temporary employee decreased on average by -2.6%. In September, the wages paid to temporary workers fell by -11, 4% when compared to the same time last year.

Italy's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.8% in September from a revised 10.6% in August, reaching the highest level since the monthly data series began in 2004.

Economic conditions have impacted staffing services across Europe with countries such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands reporting a fall in temporary billings.

With economic conditions in Europe worsening, Staffing Industry Analysts downgraded its market forecasts for most European countries in August with Italy expected to see a -3% fall in market revenue during the course of 2012, compared to an original forecast of +15%.


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