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Netherlands –Older temporary workers increasing

22 July 2013

The number of temporary employees over the age of 65 is increasing, according to research by The Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies (ABU). As a result, temporary recruitment agencies specifically aimed at older temporary workers are becoming more popular.

It is estimated by the Dutch Association of Mediation and Employment Agencies (NBBU) that there are currently 90 such agencies across the Netherlands. There are some older workers that continue to seek employment due to financial necessity, however a large proportion want a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Suzanne Breems of temporary agency Punchy, said: “Employers value the sense of loyalty that older people often have, as well as their knowledge and experience. The jobs they perform vary widely; from attendants at the Royal Palace, to invigilators at school exams, to employees at call centres.”

The temporary employment agencies have proven particularly vital for employees whose previous companies enforced mandatory retirement at the age of 65. The number of workers over the age of 65 in early 2013 was 182,000. This is a marked increased from the 129,000 in 2011 and the 76,000 in 2009. 

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