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Italy – Temporary worker numbers still falling but at a slower rate

12 September 2013

The number of agency workers in Italy fell by -0.2% during July 2013, compared with the same period last year, according to the latest figures published today by the bilateral organisation for temporary employment, representing employers’ associations and unions (Ebitemp).

The number of temporary employees during July 2013 was 255,000. The number of hours worked was approximately 25.5 million during July 2013, effectively unchanged compared with July 2012. The number of hours worked per worker; however, increased slightly by +0.2% from a year ago.

Unemployment in Italy during July was 12%, unchanged from the previous month but an increase of +1.3% compared with last year. 

Following on from noted declines during the first half of the year, and despite the fall in the number of agency workers during July 2013, the rate of decline within the Italian staffing market has slowed. 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 €5.75 billion in 2013, according to research from Staffing Industry Analysts. 

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