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Belgium – Temporary recruitment remains weak

28 October 2013

The number of hours worked by temporary employees fell by -4% during the month of September 2013 compared with the same months a year ago. This compares with an annual drop of -3.24% recorded in August 2013.

Data from the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies (Federgon) reveals that the number of hours worked by blue collar workers fell by -3.23% in September 2013 compared with a year ago. The number of hours worked by white collar workers fell by -5.07%, year-on-year. 

On a month-on-month basis the number of hours worked by temporary workers fell by -0.08% compared with August 2013. Federgon reported that there was an uneven evolution in the number of hours worked by the blue and white collar staffing segments. For blue collar workers, the number of hours worked increased by +0.45%, compared with a fall of -0.79% for white collar workers.

The Federgon index reached 202.9 points in September 2013 compared with 203.1 points in August. The index reflects the level of activity during the month under review and compared it with January 1995 when the index began at 100 points.  

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