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The number of hours worked by temporary employees in the Netherlands fell by -2% in ‘period 10’ compared with a year ago, according to the Dutch Federation of Employment Agencies (ABU). Period 10 covers weeks 37 – 40, between 9 September and 6 October 2013.
Turnover during the period also decreased by -1%, year-on-year. Period 10 had the same number of working days as the corresponding period last year.
- The number of hours worked in the administrative sector fell by -1%, with sales also falling year-on-year by -1%.
- In the industrial sector, turnover decreased by -3% compared to the same period last year. Sales for the sector declined by -1%.
- The number of hours worked in the technical sector fell by -1% compared with Period 10 2012. Sales for the sector decreased, year-on-year by -1%.
- The number of hours worked in the medical sector dropped by -28% with sales falling by -24%.
The results for the preceding periods suggested that the Dutch staffing market has beenslowly improving. While the declines reported during period 10 are not indicative that this improvement has come to an end, it may indicate the improvement is slowing.
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.