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Netherlands – ABU: Temporary hours and turnover continue to decline

03 September 2013

Statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed a drop in the number of hours worked by temporary workers by -5% during period 8 (weeks 29 – 32), compared with the same period a year ago. Turnover during the summer period declined by -2%, year-on-year. This period had an equal number of working days as period 8 in 2012.

  • In the administrative sector the number of hours worked decreased by -5% and sales fell by -1%, compared with a year ago.
  • In the industrial sector the number of hours worked fell by -3% and sales dropped by -1%, year-on-year.
  • The number of hours worked in the technical sector fell by -7% compared to the same period last year, while sales fell by -5%.
  • The number of hours worked in the medical sector recorded the biggest decline, falling by -31%. Sales for the sector dropped -27%, year-on-year.

The rate of decline was similar to that of the previous reported period (weeks 25-28) suggesting that the market may be about to improve.

Every four weeks ABU members deliver their turnover and working hours to TNS-NIPO. This is called the ABU-Marktmonitor. The monitor contains more than 60% of the total staffing industry in the Netherlands. For the Dutch staffing market, Staffing Industry Analysts forecasts a single digit decline for 2013


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