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Poland agency workers deliver strongest growth in hours worked in May, finds Eurociett

Eurociett has released its Agency Work Business Indicator for May 2016.


The average number of hours worked by agency workers across Europe has delivered 2.5 % year-on- year growth compared with the same period last year; the same as for the previous month. Poland and the Netherlands showed the strongest performance at 15.9% and 12% growth respectively, with Denmark and Switzerland also delivering solid growth at 8.9% and 6.1%. Eurociett says all markets showed growth with the exception of Norway and Germany.


Agency work sales revenues for the latest period reveal solid growth across all markets except Norway where the situation continues to decline due to a cooling economy. Finland leads the pack with 17.3% growth and the Netherlands also maintains its double-digit growth at 13%. Poland and Sweden, which are now providing Q1 2016 data, show robust growth at 7.5% and 9% respectively.


Agencies’ billings from the employment of temporary/contract staff increased further in April in the UK. Moreover, the rate of growth accelerated to a 13-month high. Panel members commonly cited rising client activity levels. Some also indicated that the new National Living Wage had boosted the value of their agency billings.


London led a broad-based rise in short-term appointments during the latest survey period.


Austria shows a positive figure for the fifth consecutive month and a doubling of the year-on-year figure from the previous month. This indicates a solid increase in agency work activity in March 2016, Eurociett says.


In Belgium in comparison with April 2015 activity in the temporary agency work industry grew by 2.09%. This was the result of a status quo in the blue collar segment (+0.28% growth in hours worked) and a rise of 4.55% in the white collar segment.


In March, temporary work turnover in France increased by 4.5% and number of hours worked also went up by 4.5%. During the first quarter of 2016, growth of turnover and hours worked reached 6.2% and 5.8% respectively.


After 5.9% in March, the number of temps at work grew by 7.3% in April. In the regional detail, growth of temporary employment has raised in Champagne Ardenne, Picardie and Alsace (with trends between 7 and 14 points above the average).

Finland has changed the way in which it collects its data on agency hours worked this year, so Eurociett will not be able to compare year-on-year data until January 2017. However, February figures show a modest uplift on the previous month and turnover increased by a significant 22.5% compared with February 2015.


In Germany, a change in the data from the federal employment agency means that validated figures for the latest period for agency work in Germany are not possible at the moment. Hence data used refers to December 2015. More current reliable data is expected again towards the autumn.


In period 4 (week 13 – 16) the total amount of hours for the Netherlands increased 12% and turnover grew 13%, 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 14% in hours and also turnover grew 14% in comparison to the same period in 2015. Hours in the industrial sector increased 10% and turnover increased 12% compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, the amount of worked hours in the technical sector increased 9% and turnover increased 15%.


In Switzerland, the positive trend for March continued into April with Swiss temp trend recording 6/1% yoy growth. The past 12 months show a small positive trend of 0.5%, however the first four months of 2016 indicate continued stagnation and 0% growth compared with the same period last year.  



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