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Swedish staffing association, Bemanningsfӧretagen, has published its latest Q1 report for 2013 which has shown an -8% reduction in staffing revenue across Sweden. This represents a -12% decrease in temporary staffing and a -9% decrease in permanent recruitment.
Federal director of the association, Henrik Bӓckstrӧm, is keen to point out that these figures are in comparison with Q1 2012, which was one of Sweden’s most successful years of trading.
The North was the only area to show growth, with an increase of +5% compared to a year ago. Representing nearly 9% of total turnover and producing revenue of SEK 421 million, the North has a strong employment focus on Industrial / Manufacturing and Office / Administration sectors.
Stockholm and the surrounding region performed poorly during the quarter with sales falling -11%, while temporary staffing accounted for 82% of all sales. The sectors most badly affected were construction and sales. All sectors showed a downward trend with large decreases noted in the Office / Administration sector (-14%).
In West Sweden, including Gothenburg, sales fell by -10%, with decreases of -6% and -4% reflected in Central and Southern Sweden, respectively.
Bemanningsfӧretagen also provides employment statistics for 13 different employment sectors. The biggest turnover during Q1 was generated from the Industrial / Manufacturing sectors. The most significant decrease was within the construction industry as business activities dropped sharply.