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In the country with more than double the average European unemployment rate, it comes as a surprise that several large international corporations have decided to go for growth.
Furniture giant Ikea has decided to open several new superstores in Spain and will need to employ an extra 20,000 people in the country. McDonald's plan to open another 62 restaurants in Spain by the year 2011 and will need to employ an extra 1,000 people. French company Bull is looking for 200 employees and insurance firm Linea Directa (Direct Line) is in need of 150 new staff.
Susana Zancajo, Regional Director of Adecco Selection in Spain, told El Economista "we are observing an increase in our contract business. Due to the recession, companies have left themselves with so few permanent staff that as soon as their business goes up slightly they need to hire temporary or contract staff. They need to act quickly. They can't just sit there and wait."
"This year will not be like other years. Christmas is around the corner, which is one of the hottest times for the contract and temporary employment sectors. Just you wait what will happen."