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Spain – Randstad: Summer months boost temporary work

24 May 2013

Randstad expects to sign 511,000 new temporary contracts in the busy summer months, an increase of +2% compared to the same time last year. With Spain being a popular destination for tourists in the summer, demand is high for staff in a number of sectors.  

Unemployment in Spain exceeded six million in April and the news offers a welcome distraction to the ailing labour market. Most temporary jobs this summer will be concentrated in major cities and along the coast.

Randstad expects to sign 101,000 contracts in Catalonia, followed by Madrid (76,200), Murcia (53,100) and Andalusia (45,500). Hiring activities are also expected to rise in Andalusia and La Rioja, by +8% and +9% respectively.

Some of the hottest sectors this summer include the traditional tourism industries, which makes up 12% of the total jobs, while workers are also much sought after in the hospitality, trade and customer service industries. The industrial sector, particularly logistics and distribution, also report strong demand for temporary workers.

Looking at job profiles, many workers in the tourism sector are expected to work in traditional occupations, such as cleaners and kitchen staff. In the hospitality industry, entertainment staff are most sought after. Airports in Spain report increased demand for temporary workers this summer, including ramp operators and those working at ticket counters. 

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