Ten Facts about Temporary Employment

Albert Einstein already knew: "It is easier to split atoms than to eliminate prejudice".

Barely any other professional sector is being criticized as frequently as personnel service providers. Keywords such as "modern slavery" or "exploitation" have been fueling prejudice against temporary employment for many years. The services provided by AMONTA in the sector of commercial labor leasing (temporary employment) have nothing to do with modern slavery. In July 2014, 79% of our staff had been with us for more than five years - voluntarily. And we are proud of this.

1. All employment relationships within the scope of the temporary employment managed by AMONTA are backed by social insurance.

2. All temporary employment is fully subject to the German labor law. For instance, all our staffs enjoy the same entitlement to vacation, payment for official holidays and continued payment of wages in case of illness like any other employee does. There are no special work termination provisions applicable to temporary employees only.

3. All temporary workers are paid on base of wage agreements specifically made for the temporary employment sector. All our staffs are paid in compliance with a wage agreement defined by the DGB (German Federation of Trade Unions).

4. Said DGB wage agreement provides for a minimum initial wage for low-qualified workers that amounts to EUR 8.50/hour (pay grade 1/west). Throughout the past years, the respective wages have been increased several times and will - in accordance with the DGB wage agreement - rise again in April 2015.

5. Temporary workers get fixed wages that are based on the work time agreed – even if they are not deployed at the client's company, on vacation or sick leave. Anything else would be illegal.

6. Temporary work reflects the entire scope of the working world: unskilled workers, fitters, electricians, foremen, and engineers.

7. Temporary work counteracts unemployment: 66 percent of all newly employed temporary workers were without job before.

8. Even though the regular employment relationships in temporary employment are already integral part of the normal job market, the industry also acts as stepping stone to entering other companies. 14 percent of all temporary workers are employed just by client companies.

9. Temporary work does not serve to replace the core workforce: currently, 2.1 percent of the German labor force is temporary workers. In terms of figures, replacement is thus excluded.

10. All temporary work agencies need to be approved by the German Federal Employment Agency. AMONTA has been holding such an indefinite permit for more than 40 years! However, if the respective company does not comply with the provisions stipulated by the Temporary Employment Act (AÜG), the permit can be withdrawn at any time.