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Last year, staffing firms in Belgium were impacted by falling client demand and uncertain economic conditions. New research now shows the staffing industry did not see a recovery towards the end of 2012.
But with an expected GDP growth of 0.6% in 2013, Staffing Industry Analysts expects the Belgian staffing market to return to growth this year.
Last month, the number of hours worked in the temporary staffing sector fell by -6.0% from a year ago. According to figures by the federation of private employment agencies (Federgon), the decline hit blue collars, who showed a drop of -10.9% in working hours. White collar workers benefitted from a small increase of +0.8%.
Month-on-month comparisons show a different picture. The number of hours worked by temporary staff increased by +2.0% in December 2012 from November. This is due to both an increase among blue collar workers (+1.4%) and white collar workers (+2.7%).
All figures were seasonally adjusted and the Federgon index reached 204.7 in December 2012, up from 203.3 points in November 2012. The Index was set at a base of 100 in January 1995 and shows the level of activity in the temporary staffing industry in Belgium.