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Spain – Christmas hiring stable

20 November 2012

Randstad believes that the Christmas season this year in Spain will generate about 352,000 employment contracts, implying a figure similar to that of 2011 and an increase compared to 2010. In a press release, the company said that about 15% of these temporary contracts may become permanent with firms favouring commercial technicians, management positions or warehouse managers.

By sector, trade, retail, hospitality and catering are those areas with highest demand. Randstad forecasts suggest that the regions high the largest number of contacts will be Catalonia (60,000), Madrid (59,000) and Andalusia (35,500).

The stabilization of the market has been confirmed by Adecco, through another note, who said they planned new 100,000 contracts this Christmas, a figure similar to that of 2011.

Both firms confirmed that the profile of job seekers during the Christmas season has changed. No longer are they young people in search of extra money. Rather the candidates are now between 25 and 35 years with secondary education and training.

Randstad added that they had detected a slight delay in the start of the campaign this year.

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