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Spain – Seasonal worker numbers rise for the first time in two years

22 November 2013

The number of temporary contracts across Spain in the run up to the Christmas period has risen for the first time in two years, reports publico.es. According to estimates from recruitment firm Adecco this could mean an additional 10,000 temporary contracts.

Before 2011, it was common place for the number of temporary contracts to rise by as much as 40% during the festive season. In 2011, the number of seasonal contracts fell by -4% and fell again in 2012. 

As a result of a slight upturn in recent months, Adecco reported that there has been: “A breath of fresh air in the industry.”

Adecco noted an increase of more than 100% in demand for staff for the festive season. The profile of temporary workers has also changed. Prior to 2011, most companies were looking for students or young people to fill seasonal roles. This range has expanded to include people over the age of 45, housewives, the unemployed, as well as students.

The majority of seasonal roles are available in Madrid and Catalonia, each requiring an estimated 21,000 seasonal workers. Other areas of high seasonal employment are Andalucía (14,000 jobs) and Castilla y Leon (9,300 jobs). Combined, these four regions will generate 61% of all of Spain’s seasonal jobs.        

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