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Belgium – Staffing firms post declines

27 May 2013

Demand for staffing services in Belgium is still down when compared to a year ago as new research shows a further decline in the temporary agency work sector last month, according to new data from the Belgian federation of staffing agencies (Federgon).

In April, temporary agency staff worked fewer hours when compared to the same time in 2012. In the month, the number of hours worked by temporary workers fell by -8.17%, slightly below the -9.23% decline seen in the previous month. Blue collar workers were hit most by the downturn, registering an annual drop of nearly -11.16%.  White collar workers posted a smaller decrease of -3.94%.

Month-on-month, the decline eased as the number of hours worked fell by -0.45%.  Blue collar and white collar employees posted negative growth rates of -0.14% and -0.86% respectively.

All figures are seasonally adjusted and the Federgon index reached 199.9 points in April, down from 200.8 points in March. 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.

Despite the continued decline seen in the Belgian staffing market, moderate GDP growth forecasts are predicted to have a positive, albeit modest, impact on the industry. Staffing Industry Analysts expects the Belgian staffing industry to grow slightly in 2013 after seeing a decline in 2012.

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