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Netherlands – HR jobs drop sharply in second quarter

21 June 2012

The number of HR jobs dropped sharply by -44% in the second quarter of 2012 when compared to a year ago as new research suggests a downward trend in the Dutch staffing industry.

According to a report on market developments in the HR sector by Yacht, part of the Randstad Group, the decrease in HR jobs is strongly influenced by economic and political uncertainty.

Michel Verdoold, HR director at Yacht undertook the research and said that “there are fewer new jobs and HR functions and the decrease is influenced by fewer HR professionals changing jobs. In uncertain times, everyone remains where they are.”

This comes despite the number of HR jobs seeing a surge of +30% in February, something which did not continue into the second quarter of the year.

The market report also showed that the HR industry is particularly hit by slowing job activities when compared to other industries although all sectors showed a decrease in demand. The Energy and Telecoms industry saw the smallest fall while the largest decrease was seen in the Government sector in the second quarter.

Mr Verdoold warned that the decline in HR functions “threatens the future prospects and competitiveness of organisations.”

He also said it was difficult to look ahead because of ongoing economic uncertainty. But employers should continue to value HR functions because it has a “strategic role when it comes to securing knowledge, strategic workforce planning and sustainable employability”, he said. 

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