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South America – Temporary employment study launched

10 October 2013

The Latin American Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (CLETT&A) has launched a research project in conjunction with consultation firm SEL Consultores called ‘Temporary Work as the main entrance to the formal labour market’.

The study analyses young people, aged under 30, who are working in a Private Employment Agency (PREA) for the first time in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru and Uruguay.

According to the research, there is clear evidence that temporary work is the main gateway to the formal labour market for young people. The sector plays a fundamental role in the formal youth employment in the region.

Maria Laura Cali, Director of SEL Consultores, said: “Eight out of 10 South American young people who work for the first time through a PREA come from a labour situation with certain level of informality.”

The private employment sector in South America contributes to the employability of young people creating decent work. The promotion of the sector in the region is the promotion against non-formal jobs and unemployment for young people.

Martín Padulla, Managing Director of CLETT&A, added: “There is a strong contribution of the sector in the improvement of the salaries that young people obtain. 7 out of 10 young people said that they are earning more money than in their previous jobs. They have not only all the rights but also better salaries.”

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