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Belgium – Still no good news in sight for temporary employment

26 July 2012

Temporary staffing in Belgium was still in decline in the month of June, following on from slowing activity seen since the start of the year. The country has one of the largest staffing markets in Europe and last month there was no recovery in sight as the number of hours worked by agency staff declined by -2.4% when compared to May’s figures.

This has been reported by the Belgian federation of employment agencies, Federgon, which also found that the fall in temporary employment was due to a slowdown amongst both blue collar workers (-2.39%) and white collar workers (-2.44%).

The picture looks grimmer when looking at developments over the past year. Year-over-year, namely, temporary staffing shows a decline of nearly -9.9% in June. In May, this was less profound at -3.9%. In the course of a year it seems that blue-collar workers have been more affected as activity in this type of temporary employment declined by -12.7% compared to -5.4% amongst white collar workers.

In June, the Federgon index reached 214.0 points, down from 219.3 points in May. 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. All figures are seasonally adjusted and the Federgon index reached 221.1 points in May 2012, up from 220.2 points in April.

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