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Spain - 25.4% of employees in public administration are temporary staff

03 August 2009

According to the latest figures published by The National Statistics Institute of Spain (INE) the percentage of temporary workers in the public sector is now 25.4%; higher than in the private sector where it is only 25.2%.

The percentage of temporary employees in the private sector is down by 5% within one year. Just two years ago the percentage of temporary employees in the public sector was 8 percentage points behind the private sector.


However, in absolute numbers the vast majority of temporary employees are still employed in the private sector (3.2 million). In the public sector there are 774,100 temporary employees in Spain.

The reason for this change in the overall picture of temporary employment in Spain is the collapse of the private sector due to the current economic crisis and the stability of the public sector where the number of temporary employees has actually gone up.

According to the Association of Temporary Employers (Agett) “temporary employment in the public sector is on the up. Permanent job offers in the public sector have been reduced by half in 2009 compared to the previous year. Things will not get better in the short-term. The government has said that the restriction on permanent employment in the public sector will continue in 2010.��VbCrLf

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