Thursday, March 10, 2011


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


CIETT (International Confederaton of Private Employment Agencies)



(based on figures available for 2009)

[full-text, 88 pages]



1. The players 11

2. Agency workers in numbers 19

3. The profile of agency workers 28

a. General trends

b. Agency workers’ motives & satisfaction

4. Agency work’s contribution to a better functioning labour market 46

a. Transitions

b. Job creation

c. Inclusion & diversity

5. Companies’ rationale to use agency work 65

6. Agency work and the economic recovery 72


Press Release 18 January 2011

Ciett publishes 2011 Economic Report[tt_news]=151&tx_ttnews[backPid]=1&cHash=550f5f27eae839461d788285fda47292


Private employment agencies employ 9 million workers across the globe


Ciett’s newly published annual economic report confirms that the recovery in the labour market has been driven by an increase in agency work. While labour markets worldwide were hit hard by the 2008 crisis, this year’s report shows a strong uptick in the private employment agency industry in the first half of 2010. The report shows that countries such as Germany and the United States have already returned to pre-crisis levels in terms of the number of agency workers employed.


The 72,000 private employment agencies worldwide provide jobs for 9 million agency workers [employed on a full time equivalent basis] and employ over 741,000 internal staff across 169,000 branches with annual turnover for the industry amounting to 203 Billion Euros. Japan and the United States are the global leaders in agency work, accounting for 24% and 22% of the market respectively. The combined total country sales revenues for Europe accounts for 40% of global turnover in the industry. 



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Director, IWS News Bureau                
Institute for Workplace Studies 
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