Hirings continued to trail layoffs in January

Layoffs outnumbered hirings by 9,273 jobs last month, adding to the negative trend set in the last few months of 2014, according to the Labor Ministry’s Ergani register.

In the last five months a total of 107,034 jobs have been lost, although the balance of hirings and departures had favored the former to the tune of 89,849 jobs in the 12-month period from January 2014 to January 2015: The system recorded 1,658,126 hirings against 1,568,277 layoffs.

More than half of those hired from January last year up to last month took up part-time jobs or rotational employment: Full-time positions accounted for 49.54 percent of the total, part-time jobs concerned 36.08 percent and rotational employment took the remaining 14.38 percent of hirings.

Last month full-time hirings rose slightly to 50.23 percent, while new part-time jobs dropped to 34.73 percent.