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Seasonal hiring will grow by 10% this year which is well below growth rates seen in earlier years, according to research by staffing firm, Unique. This is due to reduced household spending, caused by increased taxes and a cutback in extra Christmas pay for some employees.
The Christmas recruitment period is also shorter than in previous years, starting in mid-December to the start of January. Temporary assignments will be particularly high in demand in Madrid and Catalonia, followed by the Basque Country and Andalusia.
Some of the sectors enjoying higher levels of activity include the technology industry and online sales portals as more people choose to shop online. Traditional temporary jobs continue to be sought after, ranging from promotion jobs to event assistance roles.
According to the research, most of the people filling temporary posts this year include those unemployed, housewives, students and immigrants.