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EU – EURO AREA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO LOWEST RATE RECORDED

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.1% in June 2017, down from 10.1% in June 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since February 2009, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistical body of the European Union. Meanwhile, the EU28 unemployment rate was 7.7% in June, down from 8.6%…

NETHERLANDS – GOVERNMENT SPENDS RECORD HIGH ON TEMP WORKERS AND EXTERNAL HIRING IN 2016

The Dutch Government spent a total of €1.29 billion on consultants, interim managers and temporary workers in 2016, the highest level since the beginning of record keeping in 2009, according to Consultancy.nl. The figures showed that 59% of that money, or €754 million, was spent on temporary staffing while the rest went mainly to ICT…

GERMANY – ECONOMY RESPONSIBLE FOR NEARLY 5 MILLION JOBS IN THE EU

The Germany economy is responsible for 4.8 million jobs in the EU, according to a study from Swiss-based Prognos Consultancy commissioned by the Bavarian Industry Association. The study cites the demand in Germany for industrial commodities and upstream services as boosting jobs in other EU countries. In Poland alone, around 890,000 jobs are directly related…

NETHERLANDS – FALSE SELF-EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION POSTPONED

The execution and the enforcement of the controversial DBA Act to deal with false self- employment has been further postponed until 1 July 2018. The DBA was supposed to replace the Declaration of Independent Contractor Status (VAR), a standard contract required for all independent contractors in the Netherlands. On 1 May 2016, the relationship between…

NETHERLANDS – STAFFING GROWTH REMAINS STEADY

According to the Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies (ABU), hours worked by temporary workers stayed the same and turnover did not change either for the fifth period (weeks 17-20) compared to the same period last year. ABU divides the year into four-week periods reported, with period 5 the most recently ended. This period had…

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