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Netherlands – Incremental improvements predicted for the staffing market

06 March 2014

The staffing industry in the Netherlands is forecast to grow by +0.5% in 2014 and by +1% in 2015, according to research published by Dutch bank ABN AMRO, reports flexnieuws.nl. While the recent economic slowdown significantly impacted recruitment agencies demand has been increasing since the first quarter of 2012, according to the report.

The industry is facing structural developments through the increased usage of ICT, internet networking, and social media, it is becoming less important to have physical office space. Therefore overhead costs are reduced and prices can be brought down.

In addition, some large customers want to have greater influence over their flexible workforce and some have even brought this process in-house, bypassing traditional recruitment agencies.

Recent figures from ABU (Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies) show that the number of hours worked by temporary workers during the latter months of 2013 and at the beginning of 2014 increased. However, while the market has not fully recovered from the losses experienced since 2009, there are indications of recovery. 

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