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Netherlands – Temporary jobs market shows improvement

21 January 2014

The number of hours worked by temporary workers in the Netherlands increased by +2% during Period 13 (2 December – 29 December) compared with a year ago, according to statistics released by the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU).

Industry turnover during the period increased by +3%, year-on-year. Period 13 had the same number of working days as the corresponding period last year. ABU revealed that:

  • The number of hours worked in the administrative sector rose by +4%, with sales also rising year-on-year by +5%.
  • In the industrial sector, hours worked increased by +2% compared to the same period last year. Revenue for the sector increased by +5%.
  • The number of hours worked in the technical sector increased by +1%. Sales for the sector also increased, year-on-year by +1%.
  • The number of hours worked in the medical sector dropped by -33% with sales falling by -31%.

After faltering during period 10 (9 September – 6 October), the Dutch staffing industry rebounded during the last two periods of 2013.

As a whole, the staffing industry in 2013 reported a -3% drop in the number of hours worked compared with 2012. Industry turnover decreased by -1%, year-on-year. There was one less working day in 2013 compared with 2012.

  • The administrative sector reported a -1% drop in the number of hours worked during 2013, compared with 2012. Sales in the sector remained static, year-on-year.
  • The industrial sector reported a -3% decline in the number of hours worked, with sector sales unchanged, year-on-year.
  • The technical sector reported a -5% drop in hours worked and a -3% reduction in sales, compared with 2012.
  • The number of hours worked in the medical sector fell during 2013 by -26%, while sales dropped by -23%. 

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. For Staffing Industry Analysts’ forecast for the Dutch Staffing Market in 2014, please click here.  

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