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The association of temporary employment agencies in Portugal (APESPE), a trade body for staffing companies, last year posted 100 jobs per day on average on behalf of their client companies. This sheds some light on job trends and which workers were most in demand in the local staffing industry.
A look at the data shows that commercial and sales jobs were advertised the most throughout 2012. This was followed by call centre and customer service positions and administrative jobs. Construction, industry and accounting roles were also among the sectors posting a large number of job ads.
But the Portuguese staffing market is not poised for growth this year, according to the latest market forecasts by Staffing Industry Analysts. Staffing firms have suffered from weak trading conditions and economic uncertainty. International recruiter Randstad recently posted a -14% decline in Portuguese revenues for the fourth quarter.
The country’s job market also remains a cause for concern. Portugal’s unemployment rate rose to a Euro-era record in the fourth quarter as the country is still struggling to emerge from a recession. In the three months to December, the jobless rate rose to 16.9% from 15.8% in the previous quarter.