The poll was organised for the third time. "Last spring 44 per cent of the respondents thought that the number of orders would go up and that production would rise. This number has now dropped to 35.1 per cent. Only 33.9 per cent estimates that the number of orders will go up", explains Stijn Decock of Voka.
The poor expectations do not mean that companies do not intend to invest or to hire new staff. This number has not dropped compared to last spring, with some 25 per cent expecting to hire extra staff.