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Brazil: Easter boost for temporaries

05 April 2013

Forecasts for hiring for Easter by the Brazilian recruitment trade bodies Asserttem / Sindeprestem reported in February have been slightly exceeded with 73,770 temporary workers hired, compared to a forecast 73,000 and up +4.2% compared to Easter 2012.

Considered the third best time to get a place of temporary work, only behind Christmas and Mother's Day, Easter is a great opportunity for those seeking extra income or need work experience according to the Associations. This year, 15% of the vacancies were filled by youths at their first job, which corresponds to 11,000 new workers in the formal market, slightly down on the expected 12,500 jobs. While 6% of the contracted workers were retained, representing a steady job for 4,400 Brazilians.

With respect to number retained, there was a decrease compared to the previous year, when 10% of the workers remained in position. According to Jismália Alves de Oliveira, president of Asserttem, the increasing number of workers devoid of qualification is a determining factor for the fall in the effective rate after the period of engagement.

Overall industrial vacancies represented 60% of the total up 5% year on year. Men occupied 53% and women 47% of the opportunities, with average pay between R$ 800 to R$ 2,2 mil. (€307 to €845). The main tasks were: production assistant, "expedition assistant", delivery drivers, kitchen aids, sales promoter, stock clerk and forklift operator.

In the case of trading companies (retail), who completed 40% of total vacancies, most were women (60%) overall, and principal age group was between 18 and 30 years. Average earnings ranged from R$ 750 to R$ 1,3 mil (€288 - €500) and the main functions: clerk, salesman, taster, sampler and replenishing.

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