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Italy – Temporary agency worker numbers still rising

25 February 2014

The number of temporary workers in Italy during December 2013 was +10.7% higher than the same month in 2012, according to the latest figures from the bilateral organisation for temporary employment, Ebitemp. The organisation represents employers’ associations and unions.

During December 2013, there were 279,000 workers, an increase of +6.5% compared with last year, but a fall of 7,000 workers compared with the previous month. The number of hours worked in December were approximately 24.5 million, an annual increase of +10.9%, but a drop compared with 27.1 million hours worked in November 2013. The number of hours worked per temporary worker increased, year-on-year, by +4.1%. 

The unemployment rate in Italy in December was 12.7%, unchanged from November 2013, and up from 11.5% in December 2012. 

According to research from Staffing Industry Analysts, the Italian staffing market is expected to show improvement during 2014 with a predicted growth rate of as much as +5%. 

Key:

Yellow line – gross figure

Blue line – seasonally adjusted

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