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The most recent figures from the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU) revealed that the number of hours worked by temporary workers fell by -3%, during period 9, compared with the same period last year. Period 9 covers weeks 33 – 36, between 11 August and 7 September.
Turnover during the period also fell by -1%, year-on-year. Period 9 2013 had the same number of working days as period 9 2012.
- In the administrative sector the number of hours decreased by -2%, while sales remained on par with the same period a year ago.
- The number of hours worked in the industrial sector fell by -2%, with sales remaining stable compared with last year.
- The technical sector reported a -3% decline in the number of hours worked, with sales falling by -1% year-on-year. .
- The medical sector reported another significant fall in both the number of hours worked and the level of sales, compared with a year ago. Hours worked fell by -26% and sales declined by -22%.
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 the Dutch staffing market, Staffing Industry Analysts forecasts a single digit decline for the whole year 2013.