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Belgium – Staffing industry recovery remains slow

08 January 2014

The Belgian economy continued to show signs of improvement during the third quarter, however, the recovery of the labour market remains slow, according to the latest report from Federgon. During Q3 2013, the number of job vacancies published by public employment services continued to decline, as the unemployment rate rose.

Following seven consecutive quarters of negative growth, the number of hours worked by temporary agency workers across Belgium was -1.7% lower in Q3 2013 when compared with the same period in 2012. The marginal decline was primarily driven by blue collar workers (ouvriers) which fell by -2.1%, compared with -1.1% for white collar workers (employés).

When compared with the previous quarter, the number of hours worked by temporary agency workers across Belgium rose by +1.2%, driven by blue collar workers (+2.1%). White collar workers reported a marginal fall of -0.03% in the number of hours worked compared with October 2013.

Flanders was the only region to report a rise in the number of hours worked, albeit only +0.03%, compared with Q3 2012. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the region reported a rise of +1.3%. Brussels and Wallonia reported year-on-year declines in the number of hours worked -10.2% and -3.5%, respectively. On a quarterly basis, Brussels reported a drop of -1.7%, while the hours worked in Wallonia rose by +1.9%.

To read the full report, please click here. (French or Dutch only) 

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