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Spain – Half a million temporary contracts signed this summer, Randstad says

06 June 2012

Randstad Spain will sign an additional 527,256 temporary contracts in the summer season this year, which will be a +2% increase from a year ago, the firm said yesterday.

This tops the figures announced by Adecco which recently said that temporary employment in Spain is to increase by up to +15% in the summer with 125,000 new contracts expected to be signed between July and September.

Randstad also said that most of the jobs between June and August will be created in the tourism sector, where increased demand for labour can be observed. Other industries that are expected to attract workers this summer include the hospitality trade, and the commercial and customer services sector, while in regions such as Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja and Catalonia agriculture and the industry and logistics sector will play an important role in creating temporary employment.

Waiters, cooks and maids are amongst those high in demand and the firm said that most candidates are aged between 20 and 40 with “demonstrable experience.”

Unsurprisingly most jobs will be found in top tourism destinations, particularly in larger cities and along the country’s coastline. The firm said that job mobility is key in Spain and as much as 69% of workers the firm recently surveyed were prepared to move around to find jobs.

Most temporary contracts will be signed in the eastern region of Catalonia (101,464), followed by Spain’s capital Madrid (80,348) and the southern province of Andalusia (52,405). These are areas where higher employment in the summer is usual, but also prone to seasonal fluctuations. The largest rise in contracts are found in Andalusia (+11%) and the Balearic Islands (+5%).

According to Staffing Industry Analysts’ latest research on market forecasts for Europe, the Spanish staffing market is set to grow by +4% this year despite the economic slowdown and a high unemployment rate which last stood at 24.4%. This is also due to recent legislative changes which are opening up the labour market and increase flexibility.

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