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Netherlands – Fragile staffing market recovery underway

30 December 2013

Statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed that the number of hours worked by temporary workers increased slightly between 4 November and 2 December (period 12).

The number of hours worked increased by +1% and turnover increased by +2% compared to the same period last year. This period had an equal number of working days compared to the same period last year, there is no correction.

  • The administrative sector grew by +4% in hours and +5% in sales compared to the same period last year.
  • The hours in the industrial sector remained flat compared to the same period last year, sales increased by +2%.
  • The number of hours in the technical sector decreased by +1% and the turnover decreased by +1% compared to the same period last year.
  • The hours in the medical sector fell by -30% and sales fell by -27%.

These positive developments follow two years of gloom for the Dutch staffing industry. The trade association ABU looks back on a very intense year: “There is certainly talk of recovery, but we do not know if this continue',' said ABU spokeswoman Leonie Oosterwaal.

According to Oosterwaal the recovery is fragile: “We are seeing some recovery. Very carefully, though. But this is the first time we see both the turnover and the number of hours rising together in the last two years'.

Leonie Oosterwaal also commented on the unexpected increase for both worked hours and turnover reported for the administrative sector: “usually, the industrial and technical sectors improve first. ''

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 the whole year 2013, and a stable market for 2014.


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