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Spain — Temporary employment sector regards government spending projections as unrealistic

01 October 2009

The Association of Large Temporary Employment Agencies (Agett) has stated that government estimates on unemployment spending for 2010 are unrealistic in their amounts and completely unbalanced in the ratio between unemployment benefit (Politicas Passivas) and professional training (Politicas Activas).

The Association estimates that the government's predictions on unemployment expenditure of 30.6 billion Euro are 4.9 billion Euro too low.

Agett also believe that unemployment in 2010 will not be at 18.9% as the government predicts but will instead reach 20.9%.

Francisco Aranda, President of Agett told Spanish daily El Mundo, "unemployment benefit is essential but we must never lose sight of active employment policies such as professional training. The government wants to spend 40 million Euro less on active policies against unemployment in 2010 than it did in 2009 precisely at the time when so many jobs have been lost."

Aranda says further, "the government only wants to spend 216 Euro per unemployed job seeker on training. That is 59 Euro less than in 2009. Spain will never reduce her unemployment rate to the levels of other European Union countries if she doesn't balance expenditure on unemployment benefit with expenditure on training."



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