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Spain — The unemployed are desperate to find a Christmas job

19 November 2009

In the country with one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, job seekers are trying to outdo each other in order to get a job as shelf stackers or sales assistants during the Christmas period, El Periodico Mediterraneo reports.

Montse Marqueno, Regional Director of staffing agency Manpower, said "in the past such job seekers were students. Now, you get all sorts of people of all sorts of ages, many of them with family commitments."

Temporary staffing agency Adecco hopes to place 1,200 temporary staff between now and the end of the year just in the Castellon region. Carlos Ramos-Suner, Director of Adecco in Castellon, said "last year the Christmas period was a disaster but now companies have so few staff that the slightest upturn in business forces them to hire people."
However, the duration of contracts has shortened. Ramos-Suner explains that "up until a few years ago employers would hire temporary staff for the Christmas period and then keep them on until the end of the sales season, which starts in January. Now these companies just want their temporary staff for the period between 7 December and 31 December."



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