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According to the latest data published by the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (ABU), the number of hours worked by temporary employees in The Netherlands fell by -13% in February 2010 compared to February 2009. Turnover generated by temporary employment agencies fell by -12% in the same period.
In January 2010 both the number of hours worked and turnover fell by 8% when compared to the same month of the previous year. ABU spokesman, Remco Icke, told Dutch daily de Volkskrant, "spring has not yet sprung in the temporary employment sector."
Inge Hazewinkel of multi-brand staffing group USG People said, "unfortunately we recognise this picture but we had hoped that the decrease would be reduced."
In agriculture on the other hand, temporary employment has hardly fallen at all during the period, but, as Icke points out, "there is demand for temporary employees in agriculture but it is almost entirely filled with temporary workers from Poland and other Eastern European Union (EU) countries. In spite of the recession, it is extremely difficult to find Dutch people who want to work in that sector."