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Belgium — Temporary Employment agencies weather the crisis storm

02 April 2010

The latest report by staffing industry association Federgon reveals that the economic crisis has hit the Belgian temporary employment sector hard in 2009.

The number of hours worked by temporary employees in 2009 was down by -22.18% to 140.8 million hours compared to 2008. Staffing industry revenues were down by -21.46% to 3.3 billion Euro.

In the Dutch-speaking Flanders region, the number of temporary working hours was down by -23.13%, whilst it was down by -22.09% in the French-speaking Wallonia region. In Greater Brussels, the number of hours worked was down by -15.62%.

In spite of the strong impact of the recession, only one Federgon member temporary employment agency has gone under, reducing the number of member agencies from 141 in 2008 to 140 in 2009.

The total number of agency offices fell by -3.9% to 1,234 in 2009 compared to the previous year.
The number of permanent staff working for temporary employment agencies nationwide fell by -13.7% to 5,593 during the period.

In 2009, the number of temporary employees in Belgium fell by -12.96% to 487,514 of which 161.411 were students. Temporary employees accounted for 1.93% of all salaries paid in Belgium during the period.

81.6% of temporary employees carried out their activities as their principal occupation, 18.4% also had another job.
31.6% of temporary employees were unemployed before starting their temporary jobs. Of these,
62.5% had been unemployed for more than three months and 20% for more than a year.



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