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Spain – Spanish labour market broken, says Adecco

03 December 2012

The recent labour reforms in Spain have improved the stance of staffing firms in the country by promoting their role to act as intermediaries in the job market. Head of Adecco Iberia and Latin America, Enrique Sanchez, said this development has been “very important” and helps to improve the recognition of recruiters in the country.

In an interview with the newspaper El Mundo on Sunday, he said that private employment agencies could now increasingly help find employment for jobseekers through an improved partnership between private and public sector employment services.

But he remained pessimistic about the Spanish labour market and said prospects for 2013 are bleak Mr Sanchez said the labour market was  “absolutely broken” and expects more job losses next year. This comes after the OECD recently forecasted Spanish unemployment to reach 27% next year.

Despite the gloomy outlook, skilled workers will remain in demand. Mr Sanchez said that in 2013 telecommunication engineers, computer scientists and those with a more general technology background will be much sought after in the coming year. 

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