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Belgium – Demand for temporary workers still shrinking

01 October 2012

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) also indicates that temporary staff worked fewer hours in August when compared to levels seen in 2011.

In the month, the number of hours put in by temporary workers fell by -6.9% year-over-year. Blue collar workers in particular have been hit by the downturn, seeing a -9.2% fall in activity levels. For white collar workers this deterioration was not as steep with a decline of -3.6%.

Although the number of students who were active in the staffing market increased by +2.2% in August, this increase was unable to offset the overall weakening in the industry.

But the figures showed an improvement when comparing the development of agency work from July to August.

Month-on-month, the number of hours worked rose by +1.7% due to a minor increase seen among blue collar workers (+1.90%) and white collar workers (+1.51%).

All figures are seasonally adjusted and the Federgon index reached 212.3 points in August 2012, up from 208.7 points in July.  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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