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Belgium – Growth weakens in the staffing market

29 January 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in Belgium rose by +0.42% during December 2013, compared with a year ago. This represents a marked decline from the strong year-on-year growth of +4.8% reported in November 2013. The number of hours worked by temporary workers rose by +0.32%, month-on-month, in December.    

Data from the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies (Federgon) revealed that, while the blue collar business segment reported a rise of +3.13% in the number of hours worked, the white collar segment reported a fall of -2.89% compared with last year. 

On a month-on-month basis, the number of hours worked by blue collar workers rose by +0.54% between November and December, while white collar workers reported a marginal increase of +0.02% for the same period.

The Federgon index continued to improve and reached 209.4 points in December, compared with 208.8 points in November. The index reflects the level of activity during the month under review and compares it with January 1995 when the index began at 100 points.

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