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Netherlands – Agency staff working less

30 November 2012

Staffing firms in the Netherlands have seen worse trading conditions this year and official figures now show that agency workers were again less active in the third quarter of 2012. The Dutch statistics office today reports that the number of temporary hours worked by agency staff in the quarter declined by -3% from the previous quarter.

The statistics office offered a bleak outlook on the job market which showed other signs of deterioration in the three months to September.

The number of jobs continued to drop in the period while job vacancies also declined. Unemployment rose in October with the EU’s statistics office today showing that Dutch joblessness reached 5.5% last month, up from 4.8% a year ago.

Other figures by the Dutch association of employment agencies this week indicated a slowdown in a number of sectors in the staffing industry. Temporary billings fell sharply in medical jobs but also impacted the industrial and administrative sector in October.

The Dutch staffing market is anticipated to recover next year. During the summer, Staffing Industry Analysts revised its market forecast for the Netherlands down to -5% this year due to worsening economic conditions. 

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