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The majority (80%) of recruitment firms expect demand for services to increase during the second quarter of 2014, while 19% expect demand to remain unchanged, according to the latest industry barometer from the Swedish Staffing Association (Bemanningsforetagen).
Only 1% of staffing companies expect that they will reduce the number of temporary agency workers during the second quarter, while 65% expect to increase their worker numbers.
Demand for staffing services during the first quarter of the year rose, but remained slightly behind expectations. The increase in Q1 2014, however, was a marked improvement compared with Q4 2013. In the first quarter demand increased for 42% of staffing firms, lower than expected but a clear improvement compared with only 22% of companies in Q4 2013.
Low staffing demand continues to hamstring further recovery, with nearly half (47%) of companies in the first quarter reporting that this was their main barrier to growth. However, in Q4 2013, 66% of companies reported that low demand was a significant barrier to growth, denoting greater optimism and growing demand in the staffing industry.
Fewer staffing companies than expected were able to hire more workers during the first quarter, 13% against an expected 26%. There were also fewer firms that needed to reduce their staff numbers, 4% against an expected 7%.
The Swedish economy began to recover in the third quarter of last year, but Almega (the trade organisation for the Swedish services sector) expects recovery to be slow.
Efterfrågan, utfall – Demand, outcome
Efterfrågan, fӧrväntningar – Demand, expectations
Volym på inneliggande uppdrag (nulägesbedӧmning) – Volume of assignments (baseline)