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Switzerland - Temporary employment down

04 August 2009

According to the latest figures from the Swiss certification body for temporary staffing agencies (USSE) registered revenues of temporary staffing agencies in Switzerland in June 2009 were down by 21.4% compared to June 2008.

The negative growth rate over 12 months was -12.7%. Over the last 6 months negative growth rate was -23.7%.

Gerard Godel, Director at temporary staffing agency Acces Job, told le Nouvelliste that “companies are not employing less temporary staff because they want to but because they have less work and their order books are thinner".

Godel compares the current economic to the situation in 1990. “In 1991 temporary staffing agencies were hit first. The following year the whole economy was down. Temporary staffing agencies are always 6 to 12 months ahead of the economic cycle".

Andre Perraudin, MD at staffing agency Accueil Job said on the future outlook for the Swiss marketplace "as soon as the economy goes up we will make a big jump because companies don't dare to employ people directly during uncertain times. That is our new role in the marketplace. We ensure the flexibility of the system. The flexibility of the Swiss labour market used to be based on employing workers from other European countries. Now that role is played by temporary staffing agencies".



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