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Across several European countries temporary staffing has been in decline since the beginning of the year and Belgium, which has one of the largest staffing markets in Europe, has been no exception as new research shows.
Although in May the number of hours worked by temporary staff has slightly increased from April by +0.37%, this was mainly due to an increase of hours worked by white-collar workers (+0.91%). For blue collar workers, the picture was a different one as they saw a slight decline (-0.02%) on a month-on-month basis.
But the statistics, provided by the Belgian association of employment agencies, Federgon, still show that the temporary employment market in the country has not quite reached the same level as last year.
Year-on-year the temporary staffing industry in May saw a decline of -3.87% because employment activity amongst blue collar workers has dropped by -7.32% while white-collar workers have seen an increase of +1.69%.
All figures are seasonally adjusted and the Federgon index reached 221.1 points in May 2012, up from 220.2 points in April. 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.