Declining number of hours worked in temp jobs

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the total number of hours worked in temp jobs decreased by 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 on the fourth quarter of 2015. This is the first decrease in almost three years. The decrease is due to a drop in the number of hours worked in long-term temporary contracts. The number of hours worked in short- term contracts has increased, however.

Hours worked in temp jobs, seasonally adjusted
Hours worked in temp jobs, seasonally adjusted
 index
2012 II104.9
2012 III102.9
2012 IV103
2013 I101.9
2013 II102.9
2013 III104
2013 IV106.1
2014 I107.5
2014 II109.4
2014 III111.3
2014 IV113.8
2015 I115.6
2015 II119.1
2015 III122.8
2015 IV126.1
2016 I124.2
 

Declining number of hours worked in long term-contracts

The number of hours worked under long-term temporary contracts, e.g. secondment and pay-rolling, decreased by 3.0 percent. This number has increased continuously over the past four years.

On the other hand, the number of hours worked under short-term temporary contracts increased by 0.4 percent. In the previous quarter this was 1.9 percent. Developments in short-term temp job hours are usually ahead of the rest of the labour market.

Slight decline in employment

As reported by CBS on 13 May, the number of jobs held by employees and self-employed fell by 12 thousand in Q1 2016 compared to Q4 2015. The number of temp jobs decreased by 2 thousand. However, the number of new job vacancies grew by nearly 8 thousand and unemployment declined by 24 thousand people.

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