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Belgium – Temporary worker skills improved

05 April 2012

Belgian temporary workers have boosted their skills in 2011, according to Federgon’s latest survey which was published today. The survey investigated the profiles of over 7,000 temporary workers and their motivations for choosing agency work.

As many as 15% of temporary workers in Belgium are young professionals; they wish to improve their skillset prior to applying for a permanent role. This category has increased +64% in 2011, compared with 2009 when the survey was last conducted. By contrast, the proportion of unskilled workers has decreased from 27% in 2009 to 25.3% in 2011.

Furthermore, the survey results also indicate the service sector accounts for an increasingly high proportion of temporary workers: 57% in 2011, up from 55% in 2009 and 43% in 2003; while the industrial sector represented only 37% in 2011, compared with 45% in 2003.

Other significant changes since 2009 were the increasing proportion of temporary workers with a fixed-term contract prior to their first temporary assignment; and the proportion of long-term unemployed prior to their first temporary assignment also increased in 2011.

According to Federgon, the total revenue accumulated by the staffing industry in Belgium amounted to €4.25 billion in 2011. The industry employed 6,400 permanent staff and placed as many as 378,730 temporary workers, for a total of 176.4 million hours of assignments.

To read the report in French language, click here



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