Help wanted at Dutch unemployment offices
As unemployment numbers and layoff announcements increase, Dutch unemployment offices are hiring more staff.
The Hague – With large job losses looming, unemployment offices in the Netherlands are planning a hiring spree.
The UWV social insurance organisation will add 2,300 extra employees to its staff by October to meet the dramatic rise in unemployment expected after the summer.
An extra 1,300 personnel are required to process burgeoning unemployment benefit claims, ANP news agency reports.
In addition, the UWV will hire 800 work coaches, who help people find new jobs, and about 200 more call centre employees.
"The crisis is temporary and the posts will also be temporary. Most of the new work coaches will come from temp agencies which at the moment are doing badly, said a UWV spokesman.
“When the recession is over, they will need their staff again."
The present jobless rate is presently 4.8 percent of the workforce, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Radio Netherlands / Expatica