The corona crisis is seriously affecting the temporary employment sector.

In 2020, the number of temp hours fell by 14 percent compared to the previous year.

As a result, turnover for temporary employment agencies was 9 percent lower, according to annual figures from the trade association Algemene Bond Uitzendondernemen (ABU).

The technical sector was hit hardest in the corona year.

There, the total number of hours decreased by 29 percent compared to 2019, which led to a 22 percent decline in turnover.

The administrative and industrial sector also suffered blows as a result of the corona crisis.

In the administrative sector, the number of hours to be distributed among temporary workers fell by 17 percent, which led to a revenue decline of 11 percent.

For the industrial sector, the hours fall was 10 percent, but with a drop in turnover of 4 percent, the damage is less significant here.

The first phase of the corona crisis in particular, from mid-March to June, had a major impact on the temporary employment sector.

After the first lockdown, the hours to be distributed fell by at least 20 percent per four-week period compared to the same periods of a year earlier.

The market gradually picked up again from July.

In November and December there were even slight increases in turnover of around 2 percent every four weeks, compared to the same periods in 2019.