A breakdown of Monaco’s temporary workforce

Temporary work still accounts for a large proportion of the jobs on offer in Monaco, according to the latest IMSEE report, and the majority filling those positions are still men. Here are some other interesting facts.

By the end of 2022, temporary employment agencies in Monaco had registered 6,117 employees on their books, a figure which jumped to around 6,700 in the busy month of July. It equates to 11% of the total private sector workforce in the Principality, and generated €244.3 million in turnover.

Male dominated sectors

The report by Monegasque statistics group IMSEE showed that 84.5% of these temporary employees were male. This proportion is much higher than in the private sector as a whole, where 61.1% are men.

Meanwhile, the average age of a temporary worker in Monaco last year was 40.6 years, which is almost two years younger than the overall average.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost all of the 6,117 employees resided outside of the Principality in 2022, including 14% in Italy and 15.3% in one of the four neighbouring French municipalities.

Most of the temporary employees – 4,100 – lived in the Alpes-Maritimes beyond the neighbouring communes. About 100 lived in Monaco.

Less than half are French nationals

Perhaps more surprising is the fact that 42% of temporary workers are French, whereas this nationality accounts for more than 60% of the total workforce in the private sector. Portuguese workers are significantly represented in the temporary work sector, with 1,300 people, or 21.3% of the total, making them the second most common temporary workers in Monaco. 15.9% of temporary workers are Italian, a proportion similar to the overall figure.

“Monegasques are practically absent from the population of employees of temporary work agencies,” said IMSEE in its report.

Construction is biggest sector

While the majority of working contracts were signed at the beginning of the calendar year, May and September also saw the start of a large number of temporary assignments.

Construction remains, by far, the major economic sector that makes the most use of temporary work. 43% of all assignments in 2022 were carried out on behalf of companies whose main activity belongs to this sector, accounting for almost two-thirds of all days worked by temporary staff.

Meanwhile, the accommodation and food service activities sector regained its position as the second-largest provider of temporary jobs, which it held before the Covid crisis.

Financial and insurance activities and information and communication are the two sectors that make the least use of temporary work, each accounting for less than 1% of temporary assignments in 2022.

Who is most in demand?

Qualifications including labourer, waiter/waitress, cleaner, formworker, warehouse worker and bricklayer were most in demand in 2022.

Almost half of all temporary work assignments, 48.1%, lasted between one and seven days, while very short-term assignments of just one day accounted for 28%. The largest number of single-day contracts were in the food and beverage service activities, accounting for more than 86% in 2022.

In contrast, construction accounted for only 7.4% of one-day assignments.


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