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Belgium – Temporary workers having a hard time as market slows down

03 September 2012

Temporary workers in Belgium are having a hard time as employment activity in July declined further, following on from a slowdown 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, new statistics show.

Temporary staff were working fewer hours in July as the figure dropped by -2.15% from June. Both blue collar and white collar workers were affected by the fall in activity, the latest records by the Belgian staffing association (Federgon) show.

When compared to a year ago, temporary billings were down by -11.62%. In August, Staffing Industry Analysts downgraded its 2012 growth forecast for the Belgian staffing market to -2%. 

The Belgian staffing market relies heavily on students workers, but their contribution to the industry in July decreased by -9.14% year-over-year.

The figures also indicate that the blue collar sector has especially suffered from sluggish developments in the staffing industry. Year-over-year their participation in terms of hours worked dropped by -13.58%, compared to a decline of -9.03% seen in the white collar sector.

Federgon also noted a drop in its index points which reached 206.6 points in July 2012, compared to 211.1 points in June. The Index was set at a base of 100 in January 1995 and measures developments in the Belgian staffing industry. 

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