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There were 297,000 temporary jobs in Brazil during 2013, according to research by Sindeprestem (Trade Union of Outsourced and Temporary Employment Services for São Paulo) and Fenaserhtt (Trade Union of Human Resources, Temporary Work and Outsourcing Companies).
Temporary workers were predominately used to cope with peaks in demand at key periods throughout the year; namely Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, and throughout the summer.
Opportunities for temporary workers throughout the year were concentrated in the commercial and industrial sectors. However, during the summer months leisure and entertainment businesses hired temporary workers.
Working in a temporary capacity is, for many, the best way to secure a permanent job, as discovered by the 29,400 temporary workers in 2013 who were kept on a permanent basis by the company.
Maran Maria Olinda Longuini, Director of Communication for Sindeprestem, commented: “It is a period that adds professional experience on your CV and still works as a gateway into the labour market, because the performance of the worker is closely monitored by the employer.”
Temporary workers are also protected by law, explained Vander Morales, President of Fenaserhtt and Sindeprestem. “Temporary workers have the same rights; such as equivalent wages, eight hours days, receive overtime for night shifts, are paid weekly, receive proportional holiday entitlements (a third), receive 13 months’ salary, and have a protected pension.”
Under current legislation, contracts between the worker and the end user must be authorised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Contracts can last a maximum of three months, with the possibility to extend for an additional three months.