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10 December 2009
According to Javier Ayuso, Managing Director of staffing agency Start People (part of USG People), the usual seasonal high in temporary employment will be up by 10% on last year's Christmas season, RRHH reports.
Ayuso said "[companies have sacked many people] but now is the start of one of the busiest times of the year for businesses. Consumption goes up before Christmas and between now and the second week of January companies need all sorts of temporary employees such as shelf stackers, waiters, telephone operators, customer care workers, people who wrap up presents and even Father Christmases as animators in shopping centres."
"Traditionally such seasonal jobs would go to young people between the ages of 18 and 28. This year, the situation is different and we get applications from housewives and men who have lost their jobs."
However, companies are beginning to delay the starting point and minimise the number of hours worked by seasonal temporary staff. Teresa Rengel, Services Director at Adecco Spain, told Express "in previous years there would, by this time, be lots of people dressed up as a Father Christmas working in sales promotion positions. This year companies are waiting until the last moment and hire seasonal staff only for specific hours on specific days."