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Evolution of number of hours worked by agency staff in Europe

Turnover is mostly growing, with the exception of Norway. This might be partially due to new legislation on agency  work in Norway, as well as a slowdown in the Norwegian economy.  In France growth went from 0% to 2.0%, while  Belgium had a little fall of growth from 6.6% to 1.8%.  


In December 2013, the number of hours worked by temporary agency workers was 0.32% higher than a month  earlier (seasonally adjusted data, corrected for calendar effects). A slight increase was observed as well in the blue  collar segment by 0.54% as in the white collar segment by 0.02%. In comparison with December 2012, the activity  in the temporary agency work industry grew by 0.42% (compared to 4.83% in November 2013) resulting from a  rise in the blue collar segment (hours worked: 3.13%) and a fall in the white collar segment (-2.89%).      


In November, temporary work turnover increased 2% (year on year, number of days work adjusted). In the same  time, number of hours worked raised by 1.5%. After -2.3% in October and -2.4% in November, number of temps at  work has decreased -0.9% in December. During the year 2013, temporary work employment has reduced by -8.8%.   In the detail, in December, number of temps at work has declined in 11 regions and has grown in 10 of them. In a  context of a stabilization, PACA and Languedoc Roussillon, with respectively -8.3% and -10.3% have significantly  diverged from the average.


In period 13 (week 49 – 52) the total amount of hours increased 2% and turnover grew 3%, in comparison to 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 4% in hours and 5% in turnover in comparison to the same period in  2012.   • Hours in the industrial sector grew 2% and turnover increased 5% compared to the same period last year.   • Furthermore, the amount of worked hours in the technical sector increased 1% and also turnover  increased 1%.   • Ultimately, the amount of hours in the medical sector showed a decrease of 33% and turnover decreased  31%.  


Q3 2013 (quarter 3 July-Sept) for the staffing industry can be characterised by the following examples, compared  with Q3 of 2012:   • 0.7% increase in sales to over SEK 5 billion   • 10% increase in sales in Northern Sweden   • 10% increase in sales of outsourcing   • 6% increase in sales within industry   • 14% increase in sales within health/medical care   • 10% increase in sales within warehousing/logistics    


Agencies’ billings from the employment of temporary/contract staff increased further in December. Having  accelerated since November, the rate of expansion was the sharpest in over 15 years. Survey respondents  commented that growth of temp billings reflected a combination of greater demand from existing clients and the  securing of new contracts. Mirroring the trend observed for permanent staff, the fastest growth of temp billings in  December was recorded in the Midlands, while the North posted the second-sharpest rise.    

The  Eurociett  Agency  Work  Business  Indicator  plots  indicators  of  the  evolution  of  turnover  (defined  as  the  revenues generated by private employment agencies in the temporary staffing segment) and hours worked.  (defined as the sum of all hours invoiced by all private employment agencies to all user companies except where  otherwise stated) In Germany, the indicator is total number of agency workers and the indicator for Switzerland is  number of workable days).     Data  supplied  by  the  national federations  of  agency work  is  also  plotted against  the evolution  of  GDP  and  unemployment volumes in the European Union. In 2011, Europe accounted for 40% of the global agency work  market by revenue,, and placing 4 million agency workers in full-time equivalent on a daily basis.     Currently no quantitative data is available for the UK. Information for the UK national federation (REC) update  originally appeared in the Report on Jobs. The Report on Jobs is a monthly publication produced by Markit on  behalf of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and KPMG. The report features original survey data which  provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive monthly picture of recruitment, employment and employee  earnings trends available.     WEIGHTED EUROPEAN AVERAGE OF HOURS WORKED BY TEMPORARY AGENCY WORKERS   The weighted European Average is the year on year change of agency workers in full-time equivalent employment  on a daily basis (except where noted otherwise). The weighted average determined by the surveyed countries  share of the European agency work market in 2011. The countries contributing to the weighted European Average  account for 54% of the agency work market in Europe. The EU average is calculated by adding the individual  country figures multiplied by their percentage of the agency work industry in Europe, then scaling the figures to  one hundred percent.    COUNTRY WEIGHTINGS  Updated 12/2013 based on 2012 market data.  Belgium: 2.3% of the European agency work market/Source Federgon  Denmark: 0.4% of the European agency work market/Source Dansk Erhverv  France: 14.2% of the European agency work market/Source Prism’Emploi  Germany: 23.6% of the European agency work market/Source BAP  Italy: 5.6% of the European agency work market/Source Ebitemp  Netherlands: 6.1% of the European agency work market/Source ABU  Norway: 0.7% of the European Agency work market / Source NHO  Poland: 4.3% of the European Agency work market / Source Polskie Forum HR  Switzerland: 2.0% of the European Agency work market / Source SwissStaffing    EUROCIETT  As the European Confederation of Private Employment Services, Eurociett is the authoritative voice representing  the common interests of the agency work industry in Europe. Eurociett gathers 30 national federations from EU  and EFTA countries, and 6 of the largest international staffing companies as corporate members. Its main objective  is to seek greater recognition for the positive role private employment agencies play in the labour market.  



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