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Norway - Temporary jobs are a lifeline for young people

20 November 2012

Temporary jobs are often a lifeline for young people who are at high risk of falling outside the labour market, according to a study conducted by Kristine von Simson, a research fellow at the Institute for Social Research.

The study which focuses on youth who have not completed high school reaches the conclusion that adolescents with recruitment agency experience get permanent jobs quicker than youths without such experience.

It also shows that there is an over representation of young people in the staffing industry. Thirty per cent of temporary employees are younger than 25 years. The corresponding proportion of all employed in Norway is 14%.

A large percentage of students among young workers employment agency could be one of the reasons why young people are overrepresented. Another explanation may be that many young people are looking at employment agency work as a way to get permanent jobs.

To read the full report in Norwegian, click here

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