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Insights – Integration

We strive to make the labour market accessible to all and
to uphold the principle of equal opportunities.

Stepping stone into work

A stepping stone to the labour market

Temporary jobs offer people work experience and an income. Consecutive assignments provide people with diverse job experiences, work environments and enhance their adaptability to different roles and teams. In many cases, they are a stepping stone to a permanent position for individuals who otherwise could become marginalised. 37% of all temporary workers are officially registered as ‘unemployed’ before working with an agency. This proportion falls to less than half that level (15%) after working as an agency worker (source: Ciett Economic Report 2011).

Higher employment rates

Temporary jobs reduce unemployment and help prepare the ground for a job-creating economic upturn. It is a fact that countries with a higher proportion of agency work have a lower proportion of long-term unemployed and a lower unemployment rate in general. Around 80% of jobs created by temporary agency work would not otherwise have existed. In most European countries, the main motive to work in a temporary job is to find a permanent position (28% in the Netherlands) or to gain work experience (30% in Finland) but also to achieve a better work-life balance. (source: Ciett Economic Report 2011).

Less undeclared work

The higher the agency work penetration is in a country, the lower the level of undeclared work. By serving as a legal alternative in sectors often plagued by illegal labour, agency work can bring to the labour market thousands previously illegally employed, hence serving as a means of fighting undeclared work. Such jobs boost income tax re- venues and reduce social costs, as the number of people drawing unemployment benefit falls. A study conducted by the Italian National Institute of Statistics demonstrated that agency work plays a key role in the reduction of undeclared work (source: Ciett Economic Report 2011).