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Netherlands – Top entrepreneur attacks staffing firms

10 April 2013

A top entrepreneur in the Netherlands said this week that companies in the country would be better off without staffing firms because of the higher costs involved in engaging them. The comments come from influential businessman Jan Aalberts, the CEO of Aalberts Industries, an industrial and manufacturing company which last year made revenue of nearly €2 billion and employed over 12,000 people.

During a TV show he said that rules relating to dismissal procedures should also be relaxed so that companies can benefit from more flexibility. He claimed that costs are higher by up to +15% when companies use a staffing company to meet their recruitment needs.

Although the labour market in the Netherlands is considered to be one of the most flexible in Europe, he said the country needed to adopt more measures to become more flexible.

The outspoken businessman surprisingly declared that “in a country like Denmark, there are no agencies and businesses can easily accept or dismiss staff” which will come as quite a surprise to the Danish staffing industry.

The Dutch staffing market is a key player in the global staffing industry with large recruiters such as Randstad, Brunel International and USG People based in the country. Despite Mr Aalberts comments, staffing firms have found wide acceptance for their services among the government, private sector and the general public. 

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