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Belgium – Tentative improvement in temporary staffing in October

25 November 2013

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in Belgium in October 2013 fell by -0.4% compared with a year ago. This marks a month-on-month increase of +1.15% from September, however, the number of hours worked in September 2013 was down by -4%, year-on-year, indicating improvement.

Data from the Belgian Federation of Staffing Agencies (Federgon) revealed that the number of hours worked by blue collar workers rose by +2%, while the number of hours worked by white collar workers fell by -3.8%, year-on-year.

On a month-on-month basis Federgon reported a continuing unevenness trend from September in the evolution in the number of hours worked by blue and white collar workers. For blue collar workers the number of hours worked increased by +2.2%, while white collar worker number fell by -0.3%.

The Federgon index reached 206.2 points in October 2013 compared to 203.8 points in September. 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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