Market services; a heterogeneous sector with favourable growth prospects
Outsourcing of services and the emergence of new services, often related to information and communication technology, boosted growth of market services in the period 1996-2000. The growth of production of market services may slow down from an annual average rate of nearly 6% in the period 1996-2000 to 3¼% in the period 2003-2006. A decrease in macro-economic growth and the disappearance of some stimulating factors are mainly responsible for this slowdown. For instance, growth in the telecommunication branch will be lower than in recent years because the degree of penetration of mobile telephones and Internet usage has already become quite high.
However, growth of market services will remain higher than the average growth rate of the Dutch economy. New services and the adoption of information and communication technologies are expected to stimulate the industry's output. Furthermore, scarcity of personnel calls for more process and product innovations. Knowledge-intensive business services can contribute to these innovations.
The publication is in Dutch.