The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1 percent up in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the preceding quarter. In the third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs stage A had declined for the first time in nearly eighteen months. Adjusted for seasonal variation, the index figure (2005=100) for the number of hours worked in stage A was 117.1.
Stage A includes people 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 contract than in the subsequent stages B and C.
The increase in the number of hours worked in temp jobs is in line with recent developments of the number of employee jobs.
Hours worked in stage A temp jobs