Temporary staff numbers rise again in last quarter of 2016

The French Directorate for Research, Studies and Statistics (DARES) has published its latest statistics on temporary employment forthe end of the 4th quarter of 2016.


Compared with the end of the previous quarter, the number of temporary workers at the end of the 4th quarter of 2016 had increased sharply by 7.0%.


Among the sectors covered by this increase were industry (rising from + 4.2% to + 7.2%), construction (falling from + 6.8% to + 6.1%), and construction Tertiary sector (rising from + 4.7% to + 7.4%).


This dynamism of the temporary worker market is further highlighted when one considers another important parameter: the volume of temporary work in full-time equivalent jobs.


Measured with this parameter, temporary employment rose by + 5.9% in the fourth quarter of 2016. This quarter is therefore the eighth consecutive period during which a volume increase was recorded (+ 21.9% since the end of 2014 ).


For the year 2016 as a whole, the total number of employees increased by 13.1%, ie +76,100 temporary workers, compared with +9.2%, ie +49,100 temporary workers, for 2015.


This increase mainly affected services (+ 16.7%), although  the construction sector (+ 14.6%) and industry (+ 9.5%) also recorded notable growth.
It is important to note that temporary employment as a whole contributed to the recovery of employment in France. More specifically, the number of people in non-temporary employment in France increased by 0.8%. However, if we take into account the rising trend in the number of temporary workers, this rate increases to 1.2%.