The number of hours worked in temp jobs increased only marginally. Adjusted for seasonal effects, the index figure for the number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs in the first quarter of 2008 exceeded 123 (2000=100). In the fourth quarter of 2007, the index figure was just under 123.
The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs rose by less than 4 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period one year previously. The number has risen continuously for almost 4 years now, but the growth rate slowed down considerably. Growth rates for 2005 and 2006 were 18 and 17 percent respectively. The growth rate for 2007 was a more modest 10 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 the subsequent stages B and C.
Hours worked in stage A temp jobs