Highest increase number of temp hours in over 10 years

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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), turnover generated by temping agencies, employment agencies and payroll companies grew by 2.0 percent in Q2 2017 relative to Q1 2017. This growth is higher than in the preceding quarter. The total number of temp hours increased by 4.2 percent, the highest increase since Q2 2007.

Turnover temp sector, seasonally adjusted
Turnover temp sector, seasonally adjusted
 index
2013 III105.9
2013 IV107.4
2014 I107.6
2014 II109.6
2014 III111.8
2014 IV113.9
2015 I116.2
2015 II120.4
2015 III123.9
2015 IV129.8
2016 I128.2
2016 II130.3
2016 III131.6
2016 IV134.4
2016 I136
2016 II138.7

Increase hours in short-term temp contracts almost 5 percent

The number of hours worked in both short-term and long-term temporary contracts increased. Short-term temporary contracts increased by 4.9 percent, the highest increase in almost 7 years. In long-term temporary employment contracts, e.g. secondment and pay-rolling, the number of hours was up by 3.5 percent in Q2 2017. The number has risen almost continually since 2012.

Hours worked in temp jobs, seasonally adjusted
Hours worked in temp jobs, seasonally adjusted
 Short-term contractsLong-term contracts
2013 III98.9110.9
2013 IV100.4113.9
2014 I98.4119.8
2014 II97.1126.3
2014 III97.8129.4
2014 IV99.1133.7
2015 I99.3137.8
2015 II102.3142.1
2015 III104.6147.4
2015 IV106.6152.1
2016 I107.5150.4
2016 II110153.5
2016 III111.7156.8
2016 IV112.6162.1
2016 I112.5168
2016 II118173.9

Labour market improves further in Q2

The number of jobs rose by 51 thousand in Q2 2017 relative to the previous quarter. In each of the last three quarters, the number of jobs rose by more than 50 thousand. Again, temp agencies showed the most substantial growth (20 thousand). In addition, the number of unfilled vacancies has grown by 20 thousand in Q2, the most substantial quarter-on-quarter growth since Q4 2006. Unemployment fell by 19 thousand.

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