The number of hours worked in temp jobs increased further in the fourth quarter of 2007. Corrected for seasonal effects, the index figure for the number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs in the fourth quarter was 123 (2000=100).This is less than 1 percent up on the preceding quarter.
The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs has risen continuously for almost 4 years now, but the growth rate is slowing down. Growth rates for 2005 and 2006, were nearly 18 and just over 17 percent respectively. In the course of 2007, year-on-year growth levelled off continuously. In the fourth quarter, growth had declined to only 5 percent.
Stage A includes persons working for temp agencies on a contract basis, without regular terms of employment. In stage A, it is easier for both parties - employer and employee - to terminate the work contract than in stages B and C.
Hours worked in stage A temp jobs