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Belgium – Staffing market to deteriorate

08 October 2012

Companies in Belgium are expecting the temporary staffing market to decline in the fourth quarter of the year, a new survey by the federation of employment agencies (Federgon) has shown.

Temporary employment has seen a steady decline in Belgium this year with the latest figures showing that the number of hours worked by contingent staff dropped -6.9% in August, particularly amongst blue collar workers.

The survey, which questioned around 400 HR managers and CEOs making use of agency labour, found that the majority (43.8%) predict a year-on-year decline in temporary employment in the three months to December. 

Only 16.1% said the temporary staffing market would grow in the quarter while 37.8% expect a status quo.

When asked to compare temporary employment on a quarterly basis, 37.3% still expect a deterioration of the market while only 15.2% anticipate growth. At 46.1%, the majority forecasted the situation to remain unchanged in the fourth quarter when compared to the previous three months.

Respondents were also asked how they viewed measures to tackle youth unemployment in the country, which includes the creation of 10,000 placements for unskilled youngsters.

Most of those surveyed (59.9%) rated this measure positively, compared to 21.4% who did not think it would do a great deal to fight joblessness amongst young people. This comes after recent EU statistics have found that youth unemployment in Europe continued to rise and reached 22.7% in August. 

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