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Netherlands – Temporary employment figures continue to fall

16 July 2013

The number of hours worked by temporary employees fell -5% in June in the Netherlands, compared with the same period last year, according to figures released today by the Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies (ABU). Turnover during the same period also fell -3%, year-on-year, and fell -2% compared with May 2013.

Declines were noted across the four major employment sectors. The industrial sector, the largest sector, saw a decline during the first six months of -4% in the number of hours worked. Turnover also fell by -1% compared with the same period last year. The administrative sector reported declines of -3% in the number of hours worked and -1% in turnover during the first six months of the year.

The medical sector has experienced the longest declines, with no growth recorded for over six years. Since the start of 2013, there has been a -21% reduction in the number of hours worked and a -19% drop in sales turnover.

The technical sector also continued to decline, recording a -7% drop in the number of hours worked during the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012. Turnover also fell by -5% during the first six months of the year. 

Every four weeks ABU-members report their turnover and working hours to produce the ABU-Marktmonitor. The monitor represents more than 60% of the total staffing industry in the Netherlands. Staffing Industry Analysts does not expect the Dutch staffing market to return to growth in 2013 with forecasts indicating a single digit decline for 2013.    

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