In this article we discuss the temping industry in Germany and Australia. The comparison is to highlight differences between the two countries regarding the temp industry and the nature of the regulatory regime. In both countries the temping industry has grown although agency workers remain a small part of the overall workforce. After discussing the development of the temping industry in each country the article will then analyze the regulations of the industry in each country. Following the discussion we will examine two specific issues: the impact of the deployment of temps on the client companies and the opportunities for temps to exercise voice. Finally the role of temping in the current financial crisis is briefly discussed.
15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, 2009 (IIRA World Congress 2009). Proceedings of the 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association 2009 (Sydney 24-27 August, 2009)