The index of the number of hours worked in temp jobs phase A in the second quarter of 2005, corrected for seasonal influences, was 93 (2000=100). This is a 4 percent increase on the preceding quarter. In the first quarter the number of hours was almost equal to the number in the preceding quarter. The number of hours worked in temp jobs phase A has been rising since the first quarter of 2004. For 2004 as a whole, the increase was 7 percent.
Phase A include temp workers working for temp agencies on a contract basis, without being regular terms of employment. In phase A it is easy for both parties, employer and employee, to quit work. Easier than in phases B and C. Therefore developments in hours worked in temp jobs phase A are often a first indication of the deployment of temp workers.