Spanish workers have shortest contracts in Europe

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10 September 2004, LUXEMBOURG – Spain has the highest rate of temporary employment in Europe, according to a European Union survey published Friday.

10 September 2004

LUXEMBOURG – Spain has the highest rate of temporary employment in Europe, according to a European Union survey published Friday.

The EU Labour Force Survey found nearly two thirds of workers in Spain had short-term or temporary contracts.

Last year, figures showed 30.6 percent of workers in Spain had temporary contracts – 10 percent more than the next country, Portugal, which had 20.6 percent.

Other EU countries with high levels of workers on short-term contracts were Poland 919.4 percent), Finland (16.3 percent) and Sweden (15.1 percent).

Job insecurity is a big political issue in Spain, where workers have protested against short-term contracts for many years.

The new Socialist government came to power in March, promising to reduce work insecurity.

Job insecurity has been blamed for causing Spain's low birth-rate  - one of the lowest in the world - as women put off having children because they cannot be sure of having a job in the next six months.

Overrall, the jobless rate in Spain is just over 10 percent.

In contrast, other countries with low levels of temporary workers were Estonia (2.5pc) Luxembourg (3.2pc) Malta (3.6pc) and Slovakia (4.9pc).

France has 12.7 percent of employees on temporary contracts, Germany has 12.4 pc, Holland has 14.6pc and Belgium has 8.4 percent.

Throughout the 25 EU states, 12.9 percent of the 160.9 million employees have short-term contracts.

The information was researched by Eurostat, which compiles EU statistics.

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