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2012 turned out to be a record year for the Swiss staffing market as nearly 300,000 people worked as agency workers in the year, the highest number on records. This is according to Switzerland’s federation of staffing companies, Swiss Staffing, which announced the news Wednesday.
Last year some 297,222 people were employed as temporary agency workers, an increase of +3.1% from 2011. The organisation said that the Swiss staffing market has grown on average by +8.7% since 2003. Last year, staffing firms produced an industry turnover of €4.9 billion (CHF 6.1 billion).
In 2012, temporary agency workers generated a wage bill of €3.6 billion (CHF 4.4 billion), working a total of 142.3 million hours. This positive result was achieved despite a difficult economic situation, the association said. The majority of agency workers in Switzerland are men. Only 26% of temporary assignments were last year carried out by women.
The figures also show that last year two thirds of agency workers came from abroad with one third holding Swiss citizenship. “Staffing firms support Swiss companies with the recruitment of skilled labour which is showing a shortage in this country,” according to the association.
Adecco largely dominates its domestic market, followed by ManpowerGroup, Randstad and Kelly Services, according to research by Staffing Industry Analysts. The Swiss recruitment market is expected to show further growth this year although this is dependent on an improving environment in the second half of the year.