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Netherlands – Staffing firms see weak demand

19 March 2013

The Dutch staffing market continued to contract last month after demand for agency workers fell in a number of sectors during the late January to February period. This is according to new research published today by the Dutch federation of private employment agencies (ABU).

The data shows that the total number of hours worked by temporary staff fell by -2% while turnover reported by recruiters remained flat when compared to a year ago. This period had an equal amount of workable days compared to the same time last year, so no correction was applied.

Again, the medical sector was the worst hit industry with the numbers of hours falling by -11%, while turnover also fell -11%. Meanwhile in the administrative sector, the number of hours was down -2% with turnover remaining unchanged.

Hours also dropped in the industrial sector by -1%, but despite the decline turnover still managed to rise by +1%. In the technical sector, the number of hours fell by -4% and turnover declined by -2%.

Staffing Industry Analysts does not expect the Dutch staffing market to return to growth this year with forecasts indicating a single-digit decline for 2013.

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