Decline in number of hours worked in Dutch temp jobs

Decline in number of hours worked in Dutch temp jobs

The number of hours worked in temp jobs in the Netherlands fell slightly for the first time in over one year. According to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published Friday.

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was reduced by 3 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter. In the five preceding quarters, the number of hours worked in temp jobs in stage A had grown continuously. Adjusted for seasonal variation, the index figure (2005=100) for the number of hours worked in stage A was 114.6.

Stage A includes people working for temp agencies on a contract basis without regular terms of employment. In stage A, it is easier for both parties – employer and employee – to terminate the contract than in the subsequent stages B and C. The number of hours worked in stage B and C remained stable in the third quarter relative to the second quarter.

The decline in the number of hours worked in temp jobs is consistent with recent developments of other labour market indicators. Unemployment figures rose substantially, the number of job vacancies dropped marginally and the number of jobs of employees remained stable relative to the second quarter.

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