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January 27, 2022
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AFSRU Analysis: The evolution of the Temporary Staffing Market for the first semester of 2021

According to the data transmitted by the Human Resource Service Providers, members of AFSRU, the Romanian temporary staffing market increased by over 19% in the first half of the year.

Most hirings on temporary work projects were made on entry level profiles. 37% of the total number of temporary projects in the first half of the year targeted candidates at the beginning of their careers, 33%, specialists and qualified staff, followed by 19% unskilled staff and 11% management.

”A large number of opportunities have been opened this year for young graduates. Speakers of foreign languages, graduates of economic studies, young people open to learn, motivated to work and to develop were recruited, ” said Bogdan Gabor, President of AFSRU.

In the top of the industries that most often resorted to temporary work solutions are transport and logistics, production, IT&C industry, agriculture, automotive industry, mass market retail, pharma, but also SSCs and BPOs.

According to data provided by the AFSRU members, this year there were mostly applications for jobs in call centers, skilled and unskilled workers, production operators, drivers, customer service analysts, as well as IT support specialists.

The list of recruited skills includes technical and digital skills, language skills, computer skills, ability to analyze information, but also skills such as attention to detail, the ability to stay focused on repetitive tasks or dexterity. Creativity, the ability to innovate and communication skills are also valued by employers.

Although temporary staffing is a solution used in most regions of the country, most projects are concentrated, according to data provided by AFSRU members, in the south, Bucharest and Ilfov, as well as in the center and west of the country.

The Human Resource Service Providers anticipate an increase in the demand from companies traditionally using temporary work services, but the labor force shortage is expected to negatively impact the number of temporary workers. Further production, the automotive industry and the logistics area will continue to ask for temporary staffing services largely due to the difficulties encountered in attracting candidates, as well as the flexibility that temporary work provides.

Fluctuation, mobility and dynamism – these are the key words that characterize the temporary labor market in Romania today. ”After a period in which most companies put their plans on hold, this year many of them resumed their projects, which led to the unlocking of employment. Given the flexibility that temporary work provides, this was a solution on this period of uncertainty. In the current context, we expect the demand for temporary work services to continue to grow and companies to consider this form of employment more and more often,”  pointed out Bogdan Gabor, the president of AFSRU.

Founded by the largest players in the human resources services market in Romania, AFSRU aims to make the conditions of access to the labor market more flexible and to create new jobs, in the context in which Romania currently has the lowest rate of temporary employment contracts in Europe (only 0.9% compared to the EU average of 10.7%) and faces various challenges in the area of human resources services, especially in the special context generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 16 companies that are currently part of AFSRU, respectively the main temporary work agencies and human resources services in Romania are, in alphabetical order: Adecco Romania, APT Prohuman, Best Personal Services, Gi Group, Health Media International, HRP Leasing, Human Resources Specialists, Human Solutions, Humangest, Lugera, ManpowerGroup Romania, Professional, Smartree Romania, Takt Manpower, Work Support Agency and 3 minutes job.

AFSRU members carry out about 70% of temporary work activities in Romania. The turnover of the HR service providers at the end of 2020 is approximately 3.7 billion lei, decreasing by approximately 7% compared to the previous year.

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