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Netherlands – Staffing firms posted lower sales in 2012

22 January 2013

The Dutch staffing industry saw weaker trading conditions last year and the latest data by the country’s federation of private employment agencies (ABU) confirms the downward trend in the industry.

ABU monitors developments in the temporary recruitment market in terms of revenue and hours worked. Year-on-year, sales fell by -2% and hours by -4% in 2012, the federation reported on Tuesday.

The medical sector was among the worst hit industries last year, seeing a -14% fall in revenues and a decline of -17% in hours worked. The contraction of staffing services in the administrative sector was less profound – revenues in 2012 remained flat from a year ago while hours decreased by -1%. 

In the industrial sector, both sales and hours were down last year at -3% and -5% respectively. Staffing companies operating in the technical sector reported a -3% fall in sales and a -4% decline in hours.

On a lighter note, the year ended with a somewhat better performance. In the last four weeks of 2012, staffing companies posted a +2% increase in sales while hours remained flat.

Last month, Staffing Industry Analysts published its latest market forecasts, predicting that the Dutch staffing industry will not see a recovery in 2013. 


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