Oct 01, 2013

Temporary Employment: A Glance at European Markets

TrendLine focuses primarily on the temporary workforce in the United States. However, the growing demand and supply of temp workers is also a tendency seen in other global markets. In this article, we take a brief look at the market status in Europe

The United Kingdom – Temporary Jobs Growing Fast

Temporary jobs in The United Kingdom have been increasing rapidly. A report found that temporary billing has increased for the fourth consecutive month in August with a rate of expansion at its fastest since July of 1998. The Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC) found that the increase in temp workers was also supported by the sharpest rise in demand for these workers since December of 2000. And temporary staff hourly pay rates increased for the seventh consecutive month.

Jobs with the highest demand for temporary workers include engineering, nursing/medical/care, and construction positions.

Germany – Temporary Employment Are Not a Threat

In an ongoing debate in Germany regarding the use of temporary workers and the subsequent impact on permanent staff, the Federal Association of Personnel Services (BAP) announced that temporary workers were not a threat to the security of permanent workers.

As of June 2013, the proportion of temporary workers in the German workforce was 2.2 percent.

Switzerland – Temporary Recruitment Declining

In August of 2013, temporary recruitment in Switzerland slowed, where year-over-year, it has fallen by 6.4 percent. The Swiss Federation of Staffing Companies expects a small negative growth for the remainder of the year, with a revival of the temporary employment industry over the next one to three years.

Sweden – Staffing Slowdown Lessening

The staffing industry in Sweden saw revenues fall by 4 percent in the second quarter of 2013, compared with the same quarter last year. Temporary staffing, which is the industry’s largest segment, fell by 5 percent, where the biggest change was in general services sector recruitment, which decreased by 22% compared with a year ago.

However, research from Staffing Industry Analysts predicts that the Nordic Countries, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their associated territories, will be the overall best performing staffing markets in Europe in 2013.

“August was an extraordinary month for the UK jobs market, with temp placements growth hitting a 15 year high. Our temporary worker index is the highest we have seen since 1998, the same summer Google was founded and France won the World Cup for the first time.” ~Kevin Green, Chief Executive of REC