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Netherlands – Vacancies fall as labour market remains sluggish

16 November 2012

In the third quarter, job vacancies fell by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 108,000 when compared to the previous quarter. Statistics Netherlands reports that vacancies in the quarter dropped in care jobs while all other sectors “stabilised.”

The third quarter also posted 164,000 new jobs, a decline of 29,000 when compared to the previous year. Fewer vacancies were filled in the three months to September, making the labour market in the quarter again “less dynamic than in 2011”, the statistics office said.

The Dutch staffing market has been hit by falling demand as economic conditions are increasing uncertainty in the market and companies are more cautious on hiring. The Dutch economy shrank “substantially” in the quarter, recording a year-on-year fall of -1.6%.

The construction industry has been declining since 2009, except for a slight pick-up in 2011, and the statistics show that jobs in the sector continued to drop in the quarter.

Other figures released on Thursday show that unemployment in the Netherlands rose to 6.8% in October, hitting particularly those aged over 45.  

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