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Spain – Temporary employment up in the summer but not to pre-recession highs

22 May 2012

Temporary employment in Spain is to increase by up to +15% in the summer with 125,000 new contracts expected to be signed between July and September, Adecco said.

This means that the coming summer will see a higher temporary employment rate of +5% when compared to last year. Demand is particularly high in the Balearic and Canary Islands, where temporary staffing levels will exceed the average growth rate, reaching a year-on-year increase of +20%.

While this may sound like good news as Spain has suffered from chronically high unemployment rates, which last stood at 24.4%, the temporary staffing market has not recovered from pre-recession times.

Before the economic crisis, temporary employment in the summer would usually go up much higher than the current estimate and Adecco said that the temporary staffing market “does [still] not heat up with the same level of intensity.”

Popular tourist destinations will benefit more from the rise in temporary employment this summer and the tourism industry will give hotels, airports and even call centres a boost in contingent staffing levels.

But the industry sector will not see a rise in temporary employment as some factories even stop production in August due to lower demand.

Adecco said that the hunt is on particularly for cooks, waiters and hotel receptionist as catering services are much sought after while candidates should also bring language skills with them.

Students still seem to make up the majority of temporary workers while those aged over 45, many of whom have been directly impacted by recent redundancies, will also be looking to get a temporary job this summer.

To read the full report in Spanish, click here.

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