The momentum in January, the worst month of the year, leaves (relatively) positive numbers but hiring is not picking up, according to Randstad Research.

The momentum in January, the worst month of the year, leaves (relatively) positive numbers but hiring is not picking up, according to Randstad Research.

In a traditionally negative month, the labor market records in January this year reflect relatively positive behavior in terms of registration and registered unemployment, as they improve the development of January 2020, a month when the labor market is still he has not been affected by the pandemic. Membership fell, but less than in January of last year, and the number of workers affected by ERTEs also fell slightly, while unemployment rose, but less than the previous two January. Hiring continues to show significant year-over-year reductions in January.

Social security enrollment in January fell by 218,953 people, a drop of 1.15%, the second worst January since 2013, although improving last year. It should be taken into account, however, that those affected by ERTE decreased by 17,000 during the month of January, while they continue to reach 738,000. The seasonally adjusted series of affiliates reflects an increase in l affiliation in January and the interannual variation stands at -1.75%. The total number of affiliates has again lost the threshold of 19 million and stands at 18.83 million people.

Hires were down 3.89% from December, with a total of 1.30 million contracts. Compared to the previous month, the drop in hiring only occurred in the interim (-5.23%), since the indefinite increased (+ 11.06%). On a year-over-year basis, permanent hires were down 30.61% while temporary hires were down 25.70% compared to January 2020 figures, again reflecting the strong impact on hiring of the economic recession in due to the covid-19 crisis.

Reported unemployment rose to 76,216 people in January (+ 1.96%), the smallest increase in January since 2018. In seasonally adjusted terms, the data is positive, as it reflects a reduction in registered unemployment in January. The total number of registered unemployed is 3.96 million.

In seasonally adjusted terms, unemployment fell by 17,000 people in January and registrations increased by almost 40,000

Reported unemployment fell, in seasonally adjusted terms, by 17,544 people during the month of January, reflecting genuinely positive behavior during this period and in contrast to what happened the month before.

The seasonally adjusted series of Social Security registrations in January reflects an increase of 39,814 people compared to December, or a growth of 0.21%, which leads to eight months of improvement in the series without seasonality.

In year-to-year terms, seasonally adjusted membership improved 12 cents, reducing its decline, and declined 1.75%, from the May low (-4.56%).

Hospitality and commerce each lose 39,000 members in January

Social security affiliation fell in the 17 Autonomous Communities in January. The most significant decreases took place in Catalonia (-36,770), Com. Valenciana (-35,468) and Madrid (-32,423). Registered unemployment increased in 15 Autonomous Communities. The largest increase was measured in Andalusia (+18,249) and the largest decrease in Galicia (-3,603).

By sector, membership fell in all areas in January. The most significant declines occurred in the hospitality (-39,670), commerce (-38,071) and administrative and auxiliary services (-36,644) sectors. In year-to-year terms, the sector which lost the most jobs was the hotel industry (-242,081) and the one that increased the most, health activities (+85,456).

The year-over-year drop in hiring accelerated in January and exceeded a 26% drop

Hires decreased slightly compared to December. The drop, of 3.89%, can only be explained by temporary hires, with permanent contracts having increased. In total, 1.30 million contracts were signed in January, while in January 2020, 1.76 million contracts were concluded.

In the case of open-ended contracts, 124,191 contracts were signed in January (the lowest figure for this month since 2015), which is 12,369 more than in December (+ 11.06%), while contracts temporary contracts, with 1.18 million contracts in January, recorded a monthly decline of 65,087 contracts (-5.23%), the lowest level in January since 2014.

Over one year, hires continue to fall sharply compared to the same month in 2020 (-26.20%), and the decline has accelerated compared to what happened in December. In January, the decreases occurred both in temporary hiring (-25.70% in its annual rate) and in permanent (-30.61%).

Randstad Research analysis: the dynamics of January, the worst month of the year, leaves (relatively) positive figures

The analysis of the labor market makes it very important to differentiate “the still photo”, the situation at a certain moment, like January 2021, from the dynamics, the trend reflected in the figures.

If we look at the first aspect, the photo of the labor market in January, after knowing the figures today, the results can only be negative: a membership figure of 18.83 million people, which counts also those included in an ERTE, which represents 739 thousand. In addition, registered unemployment is already reaching levels very close to four million people, after an annual increase of 710,000 people.

The work that the dynamics reflect, on the other hand, is quite different. In a month as complicated as January, registrations rose in seasonally adjusted terms by almost 40,000 people – and also connecting eight straight months of increases in the series without seasonality – and unemployment recorded in January fell after being seasonally adjusted. thousand people.

But all that glitters is not gold: hires continue without recovery and stand at -26.2% each year in January and with a very erratic trend, since they have even worsened compared to previous months.

In short, an image with lights and shadows. A trend of a slow improvement in the main figures, although with a negative starting point and no recovery in the recruitment dynamic.

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