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The Association of Large Temporary Employment Firms of Spain (Agett) reveals in a new research report that temporary employment in the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Cabrera) has taken a nose dive due to the current economic crisis.
In the Balearics, one of the main centres of Spanish tourism, temporary employment related to tourism accounts for 45% of all temporary employment on the islands. In a normal year, the peak of contracting temporary staff is in April. This year it was in May with 12,000 less temporary employees contracted than last year. This represents a fall of 25%.
â€œWe can expect temporary employment levels in the Balearics to fall further over the coming months due to the recession in Germany and the United Kingdom where most of Balearic tourists come from. However, temporary unemployment levels in the Balearics will still be below the Spanish averageâ€VbCrLf, says Francisco Aranda, President of Agett.
Due to the seasonality of tourism, temporary employment has been faring still better than the general employment sector. According to recent government statistics general employment is down by 30%, which makes the figures for temporary employment look good.