Four out of ten new employees are hired in Germany for a limited time. This emerges from a study published on Tuesday by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg. It says: Especially larger companies use the possibility of a time limit. By contrast, micro-enterprises with less than ten employees who do not benefit from the provisions of the Employment Protection Act are less likely to resort to this.
In 2018, there were a total of 3.87 million new-hire jobs, of which 38 percent were temporary, according to the IAB study. Temporary new hires are therefore not only used to cover a temporary workforce requirement, but also as an "extended probationary period". Because with 85 percent, the vast majority of temporary hires based on a longer-term needs of the company.
In addition, companies with temporary hires more often renounce to work experience as a hiring requirement. In particular, for helper activities companies according to the study according to time limits. The study is based on data from the IAB Job Vacancy Survey, which regularly surveys more than 10,000 companies.
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The process of filling a job on fixed-term jobs is 14 days shorter than permanent jobs - and less money is spent on job advertisements or recruiting. With regard to all employees, every twelfth employee in Germany works for a fixed term, with the exception of apprentices.