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Netherlands – Economy to blame for sickness absence among temporary workers

27 February 2013

Sickness absence among temporary agency workers in the Netherlands is on the rise and the financial crisis is to blame for this trend. This is according to new research by Acture which monitors sick leave in the staffing industry.

The data showed that temporary workers took on average 8.5 days of sick leave in 2012, compared to 7 days in 2011.  Economic conditions are partly to blame as the Dutch staffing industry has contracted in the past year.

Acture said that fewer job opportunities for temporary staff explain why sick leave among workers has increased. It now expects the number of sick days to increase further in 2013 to up to 10 days. But after 2013 the figure is projected to drop again because of legislative changes and not because of an economic recovery, the organisation said.

There have been increased efforts in the Netherlands to reintegrate temporary workers into the labour market after they have been off work due to sickness. A new agreement will increase re-integration policies and assess the situation of temporary workers on sick leave to identify possible job opportunities with the help of staffing companies.  

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