By the end of September this year, 608 thousand disablement benefits were granted under the Occupational Disability Act (WAO) or the Labour Capacity Act (WIA). More than 291 thousand benefit recipients were women, nearly half of the total.
In the third quarter of 2009 there were 140 thousand jobs of employees less than in the third quarter of 2008. This is the biggest drop in over 25 years.
In the third quarter of 2009, more than 40 thousand people, i.e. 5 thousand more than one year previously, would like to have paid jobs, but were not actively seeking, because they thought their chances on the labour market were slim.
Youth unemployment among 15 to 23-year-olds has risen more substantially in 2009 than among 23 to 65-year-olds. Unemployment rose rapidly among young people without a basic qualification.
Lower educated women are less often active on the labour market than women educated at secondary or higher level
In the period September-November 2009 there were on average 400 thousand people unemployed. This constitutes 5.2 percent of the labour force.
Early this year, 90 thousand employees living in Belgium or Germany were working in the Netherlands. The number of cross-border commuters has increased considerably over the past decade.
Employees with a flexible contract have been affected most by the recent downward trend on the labour market.
The number of income support benefits paid to people younger than 65 years has risen for the third quarter in a row.
The number of hours worked in temp jobs dropped by 3 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the second quarter.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment reached 403 thousand in the period August-October 2009, breaking the 400 thousand barrier for the first time in nearly three years.
By the end of last year, more than one third of employees indicated they were ready to work until the age of 65. Considerably fewer people (only 12 percent) were prepared to continue to work beyond 65.
In the third quarter of 2009, nearly 11 percent of people with a non-western ethnic background living in the Netherlands were unemployed, as opposed to 8 percent one year previously. The young and male non-western population in the Netherlands were seriously affected by the recession.
The number of unfilled vacancies has stabilised in the third quarter of 2009.
By the end of the third quarter of 2009, nearly 242 thousand regular unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, i.e. 21 thousand more than in the previous quarter. Additionally, 36 thousand part-time WW benefits were paid, an increase by 17 thousand in three months. In the third quarter of this year, the amounts involved were 1 billion euro (WW benefits) and 72 million euro (part-time WW benefits).
Some 373 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the second quarter of 2009. One quarter later, 22 percent had found a new job.
Some 85 thousand people in the Netherlands lost their job in the first eight months of 2009.
In the first six months of 2009, unemployment grew in those sectors where the number of male employees is relatively high, e.g. business services, manufacturing industry, trade and transport and communication. In sectors women constitute the majority, e.g. education, fewer people lost their jobs.
An average of 394 thousand people were unemployed in the period July-September 2009, i.e. 5.0 percent of the labour force, as against 3.7 percent one year ago.
Between 1996 and 2008, the gross labour participation rate of 50 to 65-year-olds has risen from 42 to 58 percent.
Nearly six out of ten Dutch employees worked irregular hours in 2008. Relatively more men than women, and more young than older employees had irregular working hours.
In the third quarter of 2009, CAO wages were 2.4 percent higher than one year previously. The increase is evidently lower than in the first two quarters.
In June 2009, there were 104 thousand workers from Eastern European EU member states in the Netherlands, about as many as in June 2008. The sharp increase in recent years has almost completely come to a standstill in the second quarter of 2009. In the period June 2007–June 2008, the annual growth still amounted to more than 40 thousand.
In the second quarter of this year, the number of jobs of employees declined by 72 thousand relative to the second quarter of 2008.
In 2008, one in five employees working in paid employment for at least twelve hours a week were members of a trade union. In recent years, trade union membership rates have fallen considerably.
On average, 390 thousand persons were unemployed in the period June-August 2009, i.e. 5.0 percent of the labour force, as against 3.8 percent one year earlier.
The number of part-time unemployment benefits was nearly 19 thousand by the end of June.
In 2008, there were more than 640 thousand self-employed without personnel (ZZP workers) in the Netherlands. Their number has risen sharply over the past twelve years but in the second quarter of 2009 growth came to a standstill.
A smaller number of women than a few years ago work shorter hours after having their first baby. Only women who worked full-time before the birth of their first child still mostly cut back their working hours.
The number of social security benefits paid to under-65s has increased for the second consecutive quarter.
The number of hours worked in temp jobs dropped by 6 percent in the second quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter.
Unemployment in the young population is rising rapidly; from 9.3 percent in the second quarter of 2008 to 11.4 percent in the same period this year. Young people are often the first to suffer the consequences of a recession.
An average 386 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in the period May-July 2009. This is the equivalent of 4.9 percent of the labour force.
The number of unfilled vacancies again saw a substantial drop in the second quarter of 2009.
Fewer employees took parental leave in 2008 than in previous years, but the average leave period increased.
Between 2007 and 2008, 880 thousand people changed jobs, as against just over 600 thousand between 2004 and 2005.
The Netherlands has the highest rate of part-timers within the European Union (EU). This applies to both genders.
Unemployment averaged 373 thousand (4.8 percent of the Dutch labour force) in the period April-June 2009, as against 4.0 percent in the same period in 2008.
In 2008, the large majority of workers in the Netherlands, nearly 86 percent, were satisfied with their working hours.
Collectively negotiated wage rates were 3.0 percent higher in the second quarter of 2009 than in the same period last year. This increase is substantially smaller than the 3.7 percent rise in the first quarter.
The sickness absence rate of Dutch employees was 4.7 percent on average in the first quarter of 2009.
The Dutch labour participation rate in 2008 was among the highest in the European Union (EU). In fact, the rate for Dutch men was the highest in the EU.
In the first quarter of 2009 there were 23 thousand more jobs of employees than in the same quarter of 2008. This brought the number of jobs to 7.9 million.
Some 11 thousand more unemployment benefits (WW) were paid out in April 2009 than the month before. This brings the seasonally adjusted figure to 203 thousand.
An average 358 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period March-May 2009.
At the end of March this year, 263 thousand persons were living on social security, an increase by 4 thousand relative to the end of 2008.
The labour participation rate among 55 to 65-year-olds has increased considerably over the period 2001-2008.
Last year, 2.5 percent the Dutch employed population worked at home on a regular basis. It concerned foster parents, computer programmers or journalists.
Employees who lack support from their colleagues more often report sick than those who receive support from their working environment.
In the period February-April 2009 unemployment averaged 360 thousand. This equals 4.6 percent of the labour force.
At the end of 2008, 1.2 million households in the Netherlands were claiming at least one social security benefit. This means that one in five households with at least one person aged 15-65 years receives survivors’ benefit, income support, unemployment benefit or disability benefit.
The sharp decline in the number of unfilled vacancies continued into the first quarter of 2009.
In the first quarter of 2009, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 4.4 percent, the same as one year previously, but unemployment rates for men and young people were higher than in the first quarter of 2008.
At the end of 2008 show that by the end of last year, one million employees (18 percent) reported they were concerned about losing their jobs.
An average of 341 thousand persons (4.4 percent of the labour force) were unemployed in the period January-March 2009.
In the first quarter of 2009, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 3.7 percent up on one year previously.
Last year, there were 119 thousand long-term unemployed, 27 thousand fewer than in 2007. Unemployment dropped markedly among older and secondary-educated long-term unemployed.
Last year's sickness absence rate for Dutch employees averaged 4.3 percent. The lowest rate was recorded among people employed in agriculture. Since 2004, the sickness absence rate in the Netherlands has been all but stable.
The number of jobs of employees grew by 108 thousand in the fourth quarter of last year relative to the same quarter of 2007. Employment also grew relative to the third quarter.
The amount of partial AOW benefits has tripled over the past two decades.
Unemployment over the period December 2008 - February 2009 averaged 314 thousand (4.1 percent of the labour force).
Last year, 462 thousand parents in the Netherlands received a childcare allowance, 77 thousand more than in 2007. Total costs of childcare amounted to 3.2 billion euro; parents received 2.6 billion euro in compensation.
The percentage of mothers working in part-time jobs increased further in 2008. Last year, nearly six in ten women with underage children worked on a part-time basis.
In 2008, unemployment declined in nearly all Dutch provinces. The lowest unemployment rate was recorded in Utrecht, the highest in Groningen.
Last year, the number of social security benefits paid to under-65s was reduced by 15 thousand.
The number of new cases under the Work and Income according to Labour Capacity Act (WIA) is growing gradually. In the first half of last year, 12 thousand new disability benefits were granted, as against 9 and 11 thousand respectively in the same period in 2006 and 2007.
For the first time since the second quarter of 2005, the number of unemployment benefits has increased again.
An average of 298 thousand persons, i.e. 3.9 percent of the labour force were unemployed in the period November 2008 - January 2009.
In 2008, nearly 60 percent of women participated on the labour market. After 2005, female labour participation has annually risen by 2 percentage points.
Unemployment fell slightly in 2008 among people in the Netherlands with a non-western foreign background.
Sickness absence among Dutch employees was an average 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2008.
There was a dramatic reduction in the amount of unfilled vacancies by 54 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2008 relative to the third quarter.
Mothers working long hours, more often use formal child care facilities than mothers with small jobs.
Unemployment averaged 285 thousand in the period October-December 2008, i.e. 3.7 percent of the labour force.
Collectively agreed (CAO) wages rose by 3.3 percent in 2008 relative to one year previously. The increase is much more substantial than in 2007, when wages rose by 2.1 percent.
In 2007, 60 percent of Dutch households where the mother had attained a high education level made use of childcare facilities. This is nearly twice as often as for households where the mother was lower educated.
In two thirds of couples, both partners held a paid job in 2007. Among couples with children, the most common combination turned out to be a full-time job plus a part-time job.