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Andreas Erdpresser has extensive industry knowledge and is an expert in market intelligence, industry and product trends, as well as in innovation management. Before his time at Interconnection, Andreas Erdpresser worked at IBM, Kraft Foods (Mondelez) in Product Change Management, and at Management Consulting Partners in implementation consulting for industrial customers. He studied Economics at the JKU (Linz, Austria) and at the University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey Business School, Ontario, Canada).

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Recruitment in Austria 2018

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Temporary Staffing in CEE 2019

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Temporary Staffing in Austria 2019

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Temporary Staffing in Germany 2019

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Austria's Recruiters Cope Well With the Rising Demand

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

In 2017, recruiters found 10,248 permanent jobs for external clients within Austria. Total revenue in the personnel service sector in Austria reached EUR 131.9 million, making it the third year of growth in a row. Last year’s revenue growth was 5.9%. According to a study by Interconnection Consulting, the growth trend is expected to continue to 2021, with an annual plus rate of 5.3%.


Uneven Developments

Growth rates varied greatly according to occupation, but were positive overall. Although IT specialists are in demand, the number of actual job placements was lower than in the previous year. By contrast, engineers and technicians, likewise in high demand, showed much stronger growth. Commissions in this occupational sector grew 8.5%. Performance in the area of customer care was weaker, with a growth in turnover of only 0.8% over 2016. The most important client segment by far is finance/professional services, with a revenue share of 22.7%. However, vitality in this segment has cooled off somewhat, with banks especially slowing down their hiring. The occupational group engineering demonstrated very solid growth, reaching a growth in volume of 7.7%.


Top Positions Driving Growth

Turnover of job placements for managerial positions with a minimum annual salary of EUR 125,000 grew 7.9% this year, making it the fourth year in a row that the top salary bracket showed the greatest expansion. “The difference to less well-paid jobs has become minimal, however. Headhunting in individual sectors has definitely become a lot tougher,” explains Tobias Stickelberger, author of the study. 28.7% of the job placements fell in the segment between EUR 30,000 and 40,000, marking the first time this segment has grown in many years. In terms of volume, the salary bracket of EUR 75,000 to 100,000 led the field.


Hard-Earned Pay

Even though revenue in the industry rose sharply last year, recruiters’ expectations were not completely met. “Nearly all recruiters are reporting a difficult market on the supply side,” states Stickelberger. “They’re hesitating to accept new commissions because they feel the market for specialists has dried up.” Nonetheless, a few agencies with an especially strong network have managed jumps in revenue well above overall market growth. However, such has not been the case with the larger agencies overall. The market share of the top ten companies fell slightly to 37.8%.

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Fewer Temporary Workers in Germany

The number of temporary workers in Germany has been decreasing since 2018 and will continue to do so this year. 2019 will see decrease of 4.2%. The production segment is particularly affected. The number of temporary workers right now lies around 958,000. The downward trend is expected to continue until 2022, as shown in a study by Interconnection Consulting.


Temporary Work as an Early Indicator

By 2022, the number of temporary workers will have dropped down to around 882,000. 2018 also saw a decrease in the number of temporary staffing companies (by -0.9%). The main reasons for the decline are economic developments and legal regulations. Particularly the automotive industry suffered from sales difficulties in China and uncertainties due to Great Britain’s planned exit from the European Union. „The temporary work industry is considered to be an early indicator of economic developments because it quickly senses any change in demand in the labour market,“ says to Katarina Gajdova, the author of the study. Furthermore, new legal regulations (Equal Pay, limited leasing periods), have increased the pressure on the industry. Both the shortage of skilled labor and the average cost per temporary worker are on the rise.  This is also due to a gradual increase in the minimum wage. According to Gajdova „the problem here is that the additional costs the face can rarely be passed on to the customer,“. The segment with the best performance is ‚personel services’, which saw an increase of 6.3% this year.


Digitisation Improves Service in the Industry

Digitisation creates new forms of work and fields of activity. Moreover, it has enabled flexibility in terms of working hours and workplace, which is in the interests of both employees and companies. „There are next to no temporary work agencies that would not rely on digital recruiting platforms,“ ​​says Gajdova. Social media and business networks are used more and more in recruitment. „Bots“ are currently considered a very hot topic. The market leader was able to slightly expand its position again, but the top 10 couldn’t quite keep up with the market. The top 15 companies in alphabetical order are: Adecco, Autovision, Dekra, Hays, I.K. Hofmann, Manpower, Office People, Orizon, Persona Service, Piening, Randstadt, Tempton, Time Partner, USG People, ZAG.

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