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Netherlands – Jobseekers and staffing companies to benefit from extra funding

18 February 2013

The Dutch government wants to help jobseekers find employment faster and now plans to provide extra funding to local municipalities and the UWV, an agency where the unemployed register to claim their benefits.

The State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment, Jetta Klijnsma, said the government had allocated €5 million for this purpose. This should also be used to improve communication and partnerships with staffing firms which are crucial in getting people back to work. “Temporary work is a great tool to gain work experience and can be a first step into the labour market,” said Ms Klijnsma.

Through the increased funding, vacancies will be made available sooner to candidates. Employment services will generally improve as cooperation between staffing companies, local authorities and the UWV will develop further, the Minister said. The plans are currently being reviewed by the involved parties.

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