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Evolution of number of hours worked by agency workers in Europe

Last month’s slight improvement still continues, and the decline is slowing down in all countries. Poland leads the  way with impressive positive figures, while Italy and Switzerland also show positive growth, and the decline has  fully halted in the Netherlands. This brings the European average for Q3 to a modest decline of -0.5%, after a -5.1%  decline in Q2.  

Evolution of Agency Work Sales Revenues in Europe

Turnover is following the same trend as hours worked, but with slightly better figures. In terms of turnover, the  growth has now in most countries become positive, with an exception of France. Sweden has not yet reported Q3  figures.    

Eurociet National Federation Comments

BELGIUM  In October 2013, the number of hours worked by temporary agency workers was 1.15% higher than a month  earlier (seasonally adjusted data, corrected for calendar effects). An increase was observed in the blue-collar  segment by 2.21%. Activity in the white-collar segment decreased by -0.28%. In comparison with October 2012,  the activity in the temporary agency work industry slightly declined by -0.40% (compared to -4,01% in September  2013) resulting from a rise in the blue collar segment (hours worked: 1.99%) and a fall in the white collar segment  (-3.79%).    

FRANCE  In September, temporary work turnover decreased -5.0% (year on year, number of days work adjusted). In the  same time, hours worked dropped by -5.5%. Number of temps at work has reduced by 2.3% in October (in  comparison with October 2012). Temporary work appears to grow in 7 regions on 21 observed, including Rh&ocircne  Alpes, second region in terms of temporary employment.    

NETHERLANDS  In period 11 (week 41 – 44) the total amount of hours remained the same and turnover increased 2%, in  comparison with the same period last year. This period had an equal amount of workable days compared to the  same period last year, so no correction was applied.  • The administrative sector increased 3% in hours as well as 3% in turnover in comparison to the same  period in 2012.   • Hours in the industrial sector decreased 1% but turnover increased 2% compared to the same period last  year.   • Furthermore, the amount of worked hours in the technical sector remained the same compared to the  same period last year, turnover increased 1%.   • For the medical sector the amount of hours showed a decrease of 29% and turnover decreased 25%.

SWEDEN  Turnover in the second quarter of 2013 fell by 4% compared with the same quarter last year, which is a lower rate  of decrease than in the first quarter. This represents a slowing down of the downturn that started in Q3 2012. The  total turnover in the industry for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to SEK 5.2 billion. The largest change in the  services is within recruitment, which fell by 22% in the second quarter compared with the same period last year.  The decrease within staffing, the largest service area, was 5%, which is also a weakening trend compared with the  decrease in the first quarter. The increase within outsourcing continued, 4%. From an occupational perspective,  sales  are  greatest  within  industry/manufacturing  (25%  of  total  sales),  warehousing/logistics  (17%),  office/administration (15%), accounting/finance (10%) and health/medical care (7%). Compared with the same  period last year, the change in the second quarter of 2013 for these areas was industry/manufacturing -8%,  warehousing/logistics 6%, office/administration -13%, accounting/finance -7% and health/medical care 5 %.  

UK Agencies’ billings from the employment of temporary and contract staff increased for a sixth consecutive month in  October. Although easing to the slowest since June, the rate of growth remained strong. The Midlands continued  to post the strongest temp jobs growth during the latest survey period, while the South registered the slowest rise. 


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