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23 February 2010
According to new analysis carried out by the Association of Large Temporary Employment agencies (Agett) based on official government statistics, only 2.7% of the employment contracts signed in 2009 were actively facilitated by the Spanish government's job centres (SEPE, previously called INEM), El Pais reports.
Out of the 14 million contracts signed in 2009 only 400,000 involved SEPE agencies. In contrast, 12% of all employment contracts signed were facilitated by temporary employment agencies.
There is also strong correlation between the quality of the regional SEPE agencies and the local presence of temporary employment agencies. In the region of Extremadura where the regional government plays a strong role in the economy, 11.4% of newly signed employment contracts happen via the job centres and only 1.6% are facilitated by temporary employment agencies.
In Catalonia (Barcelona region), job centres only facilitated 0.8% of newly signed contracts. The strongest regions for temporary employment agencies are Murcia and Navarra where temporary employment agencies facilitated 24.8% and 21.6% respectively of newly signed employment contracts.
However, Agett admits that by far the most common way of finding jobs in Spain is the old fashioned word-of-mouth method.