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Updated rapid estimations of employment: the labour market remains under pressure 2013-10-04

The salaried employment also continues to shrink during the second quarter of 2013. Measured both in terms of the number of jobs on June 30th 2013 and in terms of the work volume expressed in full-time equivalents, a drop (-0.7%) in the salaried employment rate can be observed, if it is compared to the second quarter of 2012. However the contraction on an annual basis has not further increased in the second quarter of 2013 (see graph).

Evolution of salaried employment in the private sector

Still several sectors under pressure

The present slowing economy is characterized by a reduced domestic demand (limited consumer confidence, economies at governmental level). Consequently the employment rate in several economic branches (construction industry, trade, catering, financial services, public administration, …)  is under pressure.

Moreover a number of structural measures (restructuring, closure of branches) are only perceptible a long time after their announcement in the employment figures. Certain of these measures have already now an effect (mostly in Industry and in the Financial services) whereas others will only be noticeable during the next quarterly periods.

Industry and construction

The employment in "Industry and Construction" declines at an accelerating pace. During the second quarter of 2013, industry already suffered a drop in employment amounting to -2.7% both in terms of jobs and work volume in full-time equivalents, compared to the second quarter of 2012. In “Industry”, the effect of the closures of branches and divisions will also influence the employment rate during the next quarterly periods. The evolution of employment in the building industry, which contrary to the situation of “Industry” was until a few quarterly periods ago still positive, is characterized by a strong decrease and already amounts now to -2.6% on an annual basis.

Commercial services

In the "Commercial services" sector, there is a decrease measured both in terms of jobs (-0.7%) and work volume expressed in full-time equivalents (-0.6%), principally in the branches of trade, transport, catering and financial services.  

Non-commercial services

In the "Non-commercial services" sector, a growth in terms of jobs (+0.4%) and work volume (+0.7%) compared to the preceding year is still registered. However the pace of growth has lost much ground in relation to the past years because of a negative evolution of employment in the public administration sector, a stagnation in the education sector and a shrinking pace of growth in health care and social services.    

Temping sector: first signs of recovery?

The reduced demand for manpower also brings about a drop in the employment rate of temp workers. In the second quarter of 2013 the temping sector is confronted with a fall in work volume by approximately 6.5% compared to the second quarter of 2012 (-8.5% for the blue-collar and -5% for the white-collar workers). However the fall in employment compared to the preceding year is more limited than during the first quarter of 2013, which is mostly due to a less strong regression of the blue-collar workforce.

A diminished growth for service checks

The demand for manpower in the private households through the service check system still continues to rise (rise on an annual basis : +5.7% in jobs, +7% in work volume). Nevertheless the growth rates have sharply declined during the last quarterly periods.

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