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.