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Netherlands – Temp hours and revenues are down in February

20 March 2012

The number of temporary hours worked in the Netherlands in February (weeks 5 – 8) decreased by -5% while revenues in the industry also went down by -3% when compared to the same time last year. This is according to the latest research provided by the Dutch association of employment agencies, ABU.

Particularly the medical sector was struggling in the period as the number of hours decreased sharply by -16% and revenues also went down by -13%. However, things were looking a bit better in the administrative sector where the amount of hours worked went down by -1% and revenues went up by +1% from a year ago.

The industrial sector showed a -7% decrease of hours worked while sales also dropped by -6%. The engineering sector, including the IT sector, did not perform that well with the number of hours worked going down -6%  and revenues simultaneously dropping by -4%, when compared to last year’s figures.

Meanwhile the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) expects that employment levels in the Netherlands this year could go down by -0.75% as unemployment is also expected to rise. 

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