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Sweden – Temps are happy as job satisfaction rises

26 March 2012

Despite the negative press on temporary staffing in Sweden, more and more temps are satisfied with their jobs, according to a new survey by the Swedish Staffing Agencies (Bemanningsföretagen).

More than 40% of those surveyed said that they had been offered interesting assignments by employment agencies while 64% said they had found a job within two weeks and half had been successful in finding a job within one week.

Union director, Henrik Bäckström, was content with these results and said “In what other industry can a person go from unemployment to employment in less than two weeks?” He also pointed out that temporary work allows candidates to build up a “competitive CV” as more than a third of those questioned said that temporary work allows them to gain significant experience in the workplace.

7 out of 10 also said that their temp experience has been more positive than expected while around 4 out of 5 said they were well received by their permanent counterparts. Overall, the satisfaction level of temporary workers has generally gone up when compared to survey findings two years ago.

The survey also revealed that more than 8 out of 10 feel they are part of the company they work for while 9 out of 10 say they are valued by their supervisors and teams. And not many seem to have experienced nasty surprises as 8 out of 10 confirmed that their work experience matched expectations.

The survey also indicates a new trend: previously it was mainly women working in the temporary staffing industry but the study now shows that men dominate the market.

The survey questioned nearly 4,000 people from 80 staffing agencies in Sweden and was carried out in December 2011.

To read the full survey in Swedish language, click here


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