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Average hours worked by agency workers across Europe grows almost 3% YoY, Eurociett reveals

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


The average number of hours worked by agency workers across Europe grew 2.8 % year-on- year compared with the same period last year.


Poland and the Netherlands showed the strongest performance at 15.9% and 10% growth respectively, with Denmark and France also delivering solid growth at 8.9% and 8%. Switzerland and Italy have slipped into negative growth year-on-year for the first time and Norway continues to record a contracting agency work market. Data for Germany is not included in this month due to changes in data collection at the federal employment agency.


Agency work sales revenues for the latest period reveal solid growth across all markets with the exception of Norway. Finland and the Netherlands show double-digit growth at 14% and 11% respectively. Sweden, France and Poland record a pleasing uplift of turnover at 9%, 8% and 7.5% each.


Austria has shown consistent positive growth versus the previous year for more than six months now. It is also recording a growth in hours worked for the third consecutive quarter.


In Belgium in comparison with April, temporary agency work industry grew by 2.69% in May 2016. Both the blue collar and white collar segments grew, recording an uplift of 3.82% and 4.40% respectively.


In France in April, temporary work turnover and number of hours worked both increased by 8% in comparison with April 2015. Since the beginning of 2016, temporary work turnover has grown by 6.5%.


Trends in May have been disrupted by a large number of holidays. Despite a negative base effect (1,8% in April 2015 and 4,3% in May 2015), growth of temporary employment has remained in a positive dynamic during the month.


Finland has changed the way in which it collects its data on agency hours worked this year hence we will not be able to compare year-on-year data until January 2017.


Germany is not included in this month’s AWBI as validated figures for the latest period are not possible due to a change in the data from the federal employment agency. It is hoped that Germany will return to the Indicator in the autumn when reliable data is once again available.


For the Netherlands in period 5 (week 17 – 20) the total amount of hours increased 10% and turnover grew 11%, 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 13% in hours and also turnover grew 10% in comparison to the same period in 2015. Hours in the industrial sector increased 8% and turnover increased 10% compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, the amount of worked hours in the technical sector increased 6% and turnover increased 13%


Temporary agency work in Switzerland moved into negative growth in May 2016, following positive growth in March and April. The number of hours worked was -8.9% lower than for May 2015. Growth since the start of the year is just 0.6%, growth over the past 12 months has been 1.7%.


UK agencies’ billings from the employment of temporary/contract staff continued to rise in May. The rate of growth eased from the 13-month high registered in April, but remained marked overall. There were again reports that the new National Living Wage had contributed to a higher value of agency billings. Temp billings increased across the English regions, with the strongest growth indicated in the North.

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