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Netherlands – Staffing market still contracting

16 May 2013

Economic uncertainty has taken its toll on some of Europe’s largest staffing markets, including the Netherlands where temporary billings continued to fall during March and April, according to new data.

Research from the Dutch association of employment agencies (ABU) shows that the total amount of hours worked by temporary staff dropped -5% between mid-March and mid-April. Turnover reported by staffing agencies also fell -3% in the period, when compared to the same time a year ago.

A number of sectors have been hit by the decline, particularly the medical industry where the number of hours worked plummeted by -20%. Turnover also fell -20% in this sector. A more modest decline was noted in the industrial sector as hours worked fell -6% and turnover -4%.

The administrative sector posted a -2% decrease in hours and a -1% fall in turnover. Ultimately, the amount of worked hours in the technical sector dropped -7% while turnover decreased -5%.

A recovery of the Dutch staffing market is not anticipated this year, according to market forecasts by Staffing Industry Analysts. Due to sluggish GDP growth in 2013, the Dutch staffing market is expected to decline by -3% in terms of revenue this year. 

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