One-quarter of businesses facing staff shortages

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One-quarter of Dutch non-financial enterprises are hampered by a lack of manpower. At the start of Q3 2019, staffing deficits were mainly affecting entrepreneurs in business services. Business confidence - the sentiment indicator of the Dutch private sector - has declined slightly to 10.6. Despite this drop, the overall mood among entrepreneurs remains positive. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK), the Economic Institute for Construction and Housing (EIB), the Dutch Organisation for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MKB-Nederland) and the Dutch Employers’ Organisation (VNO-NCW) on the basis of the Netherlands Business Survey (COEN).