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News : EU Economy Last Updated: Aug 30, 2013 - 5:08 PM

Global trend of rising temporary/ part-time jobs reversed in Germany
By Michael Hennigan, Finfacts founder and editor
Aug 29, 2013 - 9:24 AM

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Angela Merkel, German chancellor, enters the courtyard of the federal chancellery in Berlin, Sunday Aug 25, 2013, for the annual Open Day.

The global trend of rising temporary and part-time jobs has been reversed in Germany, reflecting the strong jobs market in 2012 and a widening skills shortage.

The number of German workers employed on a temporary or part-time basis fell by about 146,00 people in 2012 to a total of 7.89m, according to Destatis, the federal statistics office, on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the number of permanent jobs rose by about 504,000 to 24.2m, Destatis data showed.

The statistics office said the fall in temporary and part-time work last year marked the first time that this section of the German jobs market shrunk while overall job creation surged.

Destatis added that the proportion of what it terms 'atypical workers' in total employment between 2011 and 2012 went from 22.4% to 21.8% respectively.

Since 1991, the proportion of atypical workers (12.8%) had increased almost continuously and in 2007 had reached its highest ever value of 22.6%. Since then it has remained close to this level but fell for the first time in 2012. Atypically employed workers include part-time employees with up to 20 hours per week, part-time employees and temporary workers.

Temporary workers accounted for 7.5% of total jobs on 2012 down from 8.1% in 2011.

“The German labour market has become tighter,” said Enzo Weber, a senior official of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB).

Japan and South Korea has temporary work ratios of over 30% of the workforces.

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