Simultaneously with the publication of Q4 data, annual figures become available. In 2017, turnover in the temp sector increased by 6.4 percent and the total number of temp hours by 8.6 percent.
More substantial increase temp hours
Turnover in the temp sector is strongly related to the number of temp hours. The number of hours worked in both short-term and long-term temporary employment contracts increased in Q4.
In long-term temporary contracts, e.g. secondment and pay-rolling, the number of hours was up by 3.4 percent in Q4 2017, versus 0.9 percent in Q3. This number has risen almost continually for six years now. Hours worked in short-term temporary contracts increased by 0.5 percent in Q4. This growth is slightly higher than in the preceding quarter.
Tighter labour market
As reported by CBS on 14 February, the number of jobs rose by 57 thousand in Q4 2017 relative to the previous quarter. In addition, the number of unfilled vacancies grew by 14 thousand and unemployment (ILO definition) fell by 29 thousand in Q4. As a result, the Dutch labour market shows signs of a tightening labour market for the first time after 2007-2008.
Half of the job growth over the past few years is on account of the temp sector. Again, temp agencies showed the most substantial growth (24 thousand) in Q4 relative to Q3.
The figures in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted.