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Netherlands – Staffing market to grow again in 2013

06 June 2012

The recovery of the Dutch labour market is expected to slow down, according to an employment forecast published today by the UWV, an autonomous administrative authority commissioned to implement employee insurances and labour market services.

The staffing industry in the Netherland has been especially affected by slowing activity this year and UWV predicts that the market will further decline in 2012 but start to recover again in 2013. Staffing Industry Analysts’ research confirms that the Netherlands is indeed the worst performing staffing market this year in Europe, seeing no growth at all.

The UWV forecast predicts that the number of jobseekers will also increase in the next two years as the number of unemployed people is set to rise.

Although the Netherlands has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, as recent figures by the EU’s statistics office recently revealed, the UWV said that the number of jobless people in 2012 will increase by 62,000 this year and by another 28,000 in 2013. Particularly older workers, those aged 55 or more, will be affected by this, the organisation said.

The employment forecasts for other sectors are also not that encouraging. UWV predicts most industries to experience a decline in employment, especially the industry, construction and public administration sector. But on the other hand, things are looking brighter in the healthcare sector, the “jobs engine”, according to the research, as employment opportunities there are higher.

Overall, the jobs market is bound to grow in the period from 2014 to 2017, as an average of 53,000 jobs will be added per year. Vacancies will also rise from 2013 onward, the UWV said. 


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