The index of the number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs in the first quarter, corrected for seasonal effects, was 119 (2000=100). This is a 2 percent increase on the preceding quarter. In the fourth quarter there was a 5 percent increase. The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs has been rising since the first quarter of 2004.
In 2004 the number of hours worked in temp jobs rose by 6 percent. The increase in 2005 and 2006 was substantially higher, with nearly 18 and just over 17 percent respectively.
Stage A includes temp workers working for temp agencies on a contract basis, without regular terms of employment. In stage A it is easy for both parties, employer and employee, to terminate the work contract, easier than in phases B and C.
Hours worked in temp jobs phase A