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Belgium – Decline in staffing industry hits blue collar workers

28 February 2013

Staffing firms in Belgium have been affected by a slowdown in temporary staffing this year with the latest research showing that demand for workers is still not as strong as a year ago.

Data from the Belgian federation of staffing agencies (Federgon) indicates that temporary staff worked fewer hours in January when compared to the same time in 2012.

In January 2013, the number of hours worked by temporary agency workers fell by -5% year-on-year. Blue collar workers in particular have been hit by the downturn, seeing a -9% fall in activity levels. White collar workers posted a marginal increase of +0.02% with figures essentially remaining flat.

The deterioration of the Belgian staffing industry was less profound month-on-month. Compared to December, the number of hours worked last month fell by -1% due to both a decline of activity among blue collar and white collar workers (-1%).

All figures are seasonally adjusted and the Federgon index reached 205.9 points in January 2013, down from 207.8 points in December 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.  

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