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Netherlands – Temporary market edges closer to turnaround

01 October 2013

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%.

Despite the fall in sales and number of hours worked, the continuing trend from the previous two periods (weeks 25 – 28 and weeks 29 – 32) suggest that the market may be improving.

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.  

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