Netherlands

The Netherlands might be referred to as the “the little big man” of Europe. With its 16,7 million inhabitants on 40,000 km it is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in Europe, nevertheless ranking the fifth economy in the Eurozone. The country is noted for its stable industrial relations, moderate unemployment and inflation, a sizable trade surplus, and an important role as a European transportation hub.

With commercial temporary agency work dating back into the 1940’s, and (after UK) the highest % of temporary workers in its workforce, it’s also one of the most flexible countries in Europe and the home of two of the largest staffing companies in the world: Randstad and USG People.

Dutch socio-economic decision taking is characterized by the tri-partite cooperation between Employer organisations, Labour Unions and Government, often referred to as the Polder model. Associations ABU and NBBU represent the interests of the staffing industry.

The Dutch legislation on temporary agency work is probably the closest to the European Temporary Agency Work Directive (AWD). The model of Flexibility and Security introduced in 1999 was arguably a great influence on the main lines of the AWD and an inspiration for the European term ‘flexicurity’.

European News Report September 2014

30 September 2014

Missed the news last month? Here is a quick overview of what happened in the staffing industry and the labour markets across Europe. Browse news by region and keep up to date with the latest financial reports, market trends and employment data. 


Executive Forum Europe 2014 Preview Webinar

18 September 2014

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Global Staffing 100

17 September 2014

  • Which firms make the Global 100
  • Find out who tops the world ranking
  • Who has joined the list and who has left

European Legs & Regs Advisor August 2014

10 September 2014

  • Read our latest legal update in association with the Ius Laboris network of law firms
  • We have covered a variety of legal developments, including legislative reform and court rulings
  • Data has been gathered from across Europe

European News Report August 2014

29 August 2014

Missed the news last month? Here is a quick overview of what happened in the staffing industry and the labour markets across Europe. Browse news by region and keep up to date with the latest financial reports, market trends and employment data. 


2014 Contingent Buyers Survey: Impact of Recent and Pending Legislation

26 August 2014

  • We asked buyers of contingent labour to estimate the impact of specific legislative changes in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and South Africa on their use of temporary workers. 
  • Buyers were positive with regards to legislative changes in France but thought changes in the Netherlands would decrease... More

European Legs & Regs Advisor July 2014

18 August 2014

  • Read our latest legal update in association with the Ius Laboris network of law firms
  • We have covered a variety of legal developments, including legislative reform and court rulings
  • Data has been gathered from across Europe

European News Report July 2014

31 July 2014

Missed the news last month? Here is a quick overview of what happened in the staffing industry and the labour markets across Europe. Browse news by region and keep up to date with the latest financial reports, market trends and employment data. 


European Financial Results - Q1 2014

30 July 2014

  • Discover how listed staffing firms performed in Q1 2014.
  • Find out about activity levels and how turnover and net income have evolved.
  • See how the largest staffing firms fared.

European Mergers & Acquisitions 2013

10 July 2014

  • There were 49 publicly announced acquisitions across Europe in 2013.
  • Of those, just over half (25) of the acquired companies were based in the UK, followed by five Netherlands-based acquisitions. 
  • Read the full analysis, broken down by staffing sector and deals with disclosed metrics.
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