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Netherlands – Staffing industry enters 2014 on a positive note

18 February 2014

The latest figures from the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed that the number of hours worked during the first four weeks of 2014 were +3% higher than the same period last year. Turnover during the first four-week period of the year rose by +4%, year-on-year.

  • The number of hours worked in the administrative sector rose by +9% compared with a year ago, with sales also increasing, year-on-year, by +9%.
  • In the industrial sector the number of hours worked fell by -1%, while sales increased by +1%, year-on-year.
  • In the technical sector, the number of hours worked increased by +3% compared with last year and sales increase by +2%.

The ABU-Marktmonitor previously included figures for the medical sector, however as this represents less than 1.5% of the temporary staffing market, ABU will no longer cover this sector in their reports.

With the exception of the industrial sector, the Dutch staffing market began 2014 on a positive note, following three consecutive months of improvement at the end of 2013.

It was also announced last month that Aart van der Gaag, who had served as Director of ABU since 200, had retired. His replacement was named as Jurriën Koops

Every four weeks ABU members deliver their turnover and working hours to TNS-NIPO. This is called the ABU-Marktmonitor. The monitor contains more than 60% of the total staffing industry in the Netherlands.


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