Adecco, the world’s employment agency, says it expects strong demand for temporary workers in the near future as firms stay flexible in a still fragile economic recovery.
The Swiss group posted a better-than-expected first-quarter net profit of 100 million euros.
Its best performances were in Germany, Austria and Italy followed by France and North America with weak sales growth in Britain of just three percent.
Strong carmaking and other manufacturing activity in Germany helped drive demand for temporary workers in Northern Italy, where there are many German parts suppliers, Adecco said.
“German companies really understand that after this very harsh downturn it is important to have flexibility,” CFO Dominik de Daniel said.
He added: “If you look at Italian GDP you would think that it’s not the best… but the Italian economy is benefiting a lot from Germany’s economic pick-up.”
The group said it expects unemployment levels in its main markets to remain high.