More people working on permanent contracts

08/05/2008 15:00

In the fourth quarter of 2007, the employed labour force comprised 7.3 million people. Approximately 5.8 million were employed on a permanent basis, nearly 570 thousand worked flexible hours. Additionally, over 960 thousand people were self-employed. Since early 2006, the number of employees holding permanent jobs has risen following a period of steady decline. This decline continued in 2007. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the number of employees working under permanent contracts had increased by 2 percent relative to one year previously. For employees working flexible hours and self-employed, the increase had begun as early as in 2003. Last year, the upward trend continued. Women – in particular middle-aged women – entirely accounted for the increase in permanent contracts. The number of male employees on permanent contracts remained virtually unchanged in 2007.

Number of employees by type of contract

Number of employees by type of contract