Now you still have to get tested if you go to an indoor event with more than five hundred people. This will no longer be necessary from next week. The approximately eight hundred commercial test locations in the Netherlands are therefore in a bind, because there is no one left to test. “The employment agencies are now working hard to accommodate everyone elsewhere. But I doubt whether they like it as much as here,” Frank Slangen of Covidtest Limburg told EditieNL.
A smile and a tear
The seven test locations of Covidtest Limburg will all be closed from next week. At the height of the pandemic, there were about 90 employees working in all locations together, all of whom have a different work background. “For example, we work with people who have a healthcare diploma, but also with retirees or people from sectors that were at a standstill due to corona,” explains Slangen.
Although Slangen is happy with the relaxation, he is sad to see all employees go. “You really build a bond with each other. We now have to say goodbye to each other and that will be with a smile and a tear.”
Testers not only have to say goodbye to their colleagues, but also to their good salary, says Marko van Tol, communication manager at employment agency YoungCapital. “There will mainly be more work in sectors that will reopen with the relaxation. That includes the event industry, aviation sector and logistics. But the corona-related work deserves better than some of those sectors.”
Gross salary in other sectors
According to YoungCapital, employees in a commercial test street earn an average of 14.49 euros gross per hour. As a ground stewardess at KLM you already earn a lot less. The gross salary there is about 11.83 euros. The salary of a catering employee is even lower, at 10.93 euros gross per hour.
During the peak of the corona crisis, the employment agency employed a few thousand flex workers for corona-related jobs. “We had to switch very quickly then. Sometimes we had to start hundreds of new people in a corona wave.” Now it is the task of YoungCapital to get all these employees out of the corona sector again.
Working in other sectors
The employment agency has made a special plan for this, explains Van Tol. “We are part of a larger company: The Works. It has built up a database with potential candidates that we can deploy in sectors where there is a lot of demand. On the basis of that, we try to accommodate as many people from test streets as possible in those sectors. “
A special belbot has also been set up to contact people who work in a test street. “Our employees then have a conversation with them to see where they want to work. We try to help them with that,” says Van Tol to EditieNL.