Last year, 855 thousand Dutch households were dependent on benefits for a sustained period of time, i.e. nearly 40 thousand fewer than in 2009. The total number of households living on benefits amounted to 1.6 million.
In the third quarter of this year, the number of employee jobs grew by 28 thousand relative to the third quarter of 2010, i.e. a modest increase by 0.3 percent.
The Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) project aims to collect the most recent data on educational history, work experience and mobility of doctorate holders.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for November 2011 stood at 455 thousand.
Unemployment has risen again since the summer of 2011. In the third quarter of this year, 422 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed.
Slightly fewer employees became unemployed in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same quarter last year. On the other hand, fewer unemployed people found a job.
Just over one in three employees regularly work overtime. More men and full-time workers work overtime than women and part-time workers.
New figures show that 314 thousand people younger than 65 years were claiming income support benefit at the end of September 2011.
In August 2011, 825 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming a disability benefit. Nearly half of them received a benefit because of mental health problems or a behavioural disorder.
The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was reduced by 3 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter. In the five preceding quarters, the number of hours worked in temp jobs in stage A had grown continuously.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in October 2011 to 455 thousand.
Adjusted for seasonal variation, 133 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of September 2011, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter.
By the end of September this year, 251 thousand unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, a decline by 3 thousand relative to one year previously.
The proportion of employed developing burnout symptoms has grown between 2007 and 2010. The burnout rate is marginally higher among higher educated than among lower educated and relatively low among young employed.
According to the most recent figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in September 2011 to 438 thousand, i.e. 5.6 percent of the labour force.
Membership of Dutch trade unions rose by 5 thousand in 2011 compared with 2010. One in seven trade union members are older than 65.
Collectively agreed wage rates in the Netherlands were 1.3 percent higher in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same period last year.
At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase. The number of job vacancies grew for the fifth quarter running. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.
More than 27 percent of Dutch employed were working from home part of their regular working hours in 2010.
The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011.
In the second quarter of this year, the number of employee jobs was 51 thousand (0.6 percent) up on the same period in 2010. After correction for seasonal variation, the number of jobs increased by 25 thousand relative to the first quarter of 2011.
In the Netherlands, 179 billion euro ((30 percent of the total amount earned by all Dutch together) was spent on social security last year. Unemployment benefits rose most rapidly by 12 percent compared to 2009.
At the end of June this year, 40 thousand social assistance benefits went to over-65 households, i.e. twice as many as a decade ago. The reason for the increase is that more and more over-65 households are not eligible for the full old age pension (AOW) amount.
According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment, adjusted for seasonal variation, grew by 8 housand in August 2011, reaching 421 thousand or 5.4 percent of the labour force.
The Dutch government spent 2.2 billion euro less on disability benefits for young people (Wajong benefits) in 2010. This accounts for one fifth of the country’s total spending on disability benefits.
At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase. The number of job vacancies grew for the fifth quarter running.
A total of 815 thousand people in the Netherlands would like to work twelve hours a week or more. Approximately half of them are not immediately available for the labour market or are not actively looking for a job.
The most recent figures show that the number of social security benefits granted to people under the age of 65 has risen to 318 thousand in the second quarter of 2011.
Last year, the labour costs per year of employment increased by 1.4 percent, the smallest increase since 1989. The average annual increase over the past decade was 3.3 percent.
Seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 413 thousand in July, exceeding the 400 thousand mark for the first time in 2011.
Adjusted for seasonal variation, 137 thousand vacacancies were open by the end of June, i.e. 2 thousand more than one quarter previously.
The number of unemployed men in the age category 25-45 has more than doubled over the past three years: from 46 thousand in the second quarter of 2008 to 99 thousand in the second quarter of 2011.
More and more employees in the Netherlands have a temporary employment contract that offers the likelihood of a permanent appointment. Most of them are younger employees
According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 392 thousand in June 2011, a reduction by 9 thousand from May.
Over the past decade, the amount of jobs in the care sector increased by 385 thousand. Overall employment growth in the Netherlands was 515 thousand, so three quarters of new jobs in the past ten years were created in the care sector.
The average age of retirement for employees in the Netherlands had risen to 62.7 years in 2010 and the increase was observed across all sectors. More than 70 thousand employees went into retirement last year.
The number of job vacancies has increased further. At the end of March, there were 135 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 7 thousand more than at the end of December.
In March this year, there were 125 thousand nationals of EU member states in Central or Eastern Europe in the Netherlands, an increase by more than 20 percent relative to March last year; 37 thousand had registered as residents of a Dutch municipality.
In the first quarter of 2011, the youth unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.4 percent, i.e. lower than in all other member states of the European Union (EU). On average, more than one in every five people in the EU labour force aged between 15 and 25 were unemployed.
In May 2011 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 400 thousand. This equals 5.1 percent of the labour force.
In the first quarter of 2011, the number of jobs of employees grew by 34 thousand relative to the first quarter of 2010.
By the end of April this year, 2.9 million benefits were granted in the Netherlands under the General Old Age Pensions Act (AOW), an increase by nearly 14 thousand relative to March 2011.
Couples where the man works full-time and the woman part-time are the least inclined to change their working hours.
Doctoral degree holders more often work on a full-time basis and are usually employed on a higher professional level than people without a doctorate.
Nearly half (49 percent) of the 330 thousand people on social security have children, but there are considerable differences between native Dutch and people with a non-western background. Native Dutch social security recipients are much more often single (46 percent) than their non-western counterparts (27 percent).
Some 22 percent in the adult population were engaged in volunteer work in 2009. People with paid jobs almost as often did volunteer work as people who did not have paid jobs, but unemployed spent nearly twice as many hours on volunteer work.
The number of job vacancies has increased further. At the end of March, there were 135 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 7 thousand more than at the end of December. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with a growth of about 8 thousand open vacancies relative to the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector remained stable over the same period. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects
The number of unemployed people with a low level of education was 33 thousand lower in the first quarter of 2011 than twelve months previously.
According to figures, the number of income support benefits paid to people under the age of 65 rose further in the first quarter of 2011.
The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fourth time in a row. In the first quarter of 2011, it grew by nearly 6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.
Results of the Dutch National Survey on Working Conditions carried out in the fall of 2010 by TNO and Statistics Netherlands show that over 15 percent of all employees was hindered in their work by unnecessary administration.
In April this year, 392 thousand people (5.0 percent of the labour force) were unemployed in the Netherlands. The figure is adjusted for seasonal variation.
According to the latest figures, 135 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of March this year, i.e. an increase by 7 thousand relative to the preceding quarter. Nearly all sectors contributed to the increase.
In 2010, 10.7 thousand people aged 15 years or older lived on Bonaire; 7.1 thousand of them had a job, which puts the labour participation rate for the island at 66.6 percent.
The number of people relying on social security varies widely across the Dutch provinces.
Tthe number of unemployed people in the Netherlands at 395 thousand in March 2011, after adjustment for seasonal effects
Last year, 59 thousand working days were lost to strikes in the Netherlands. In nearly four in ten strike days, the disputes concerned collectively negotiated (CAO) wages.
In the first quarter of this year, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 1.1 percent up on one year previously, the lowest wage increase since 2005. The highest increase in CAO wages (1.5 percent) was registered in the subsidised sector.
The number of job vacancies has increased marginally. At the end of December, there were 130 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 4 thousand more than at the end of September. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with vacancies about 6 thousand higher than in the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector declined. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.
The employed labour force in the Netherlands comprised nearly 7.4 million people in 2010. On average, they worked 34.4 hours a week versus 36.7 hours in 1996.
On 1 May 2010 136 thousand people living in the Netherlands were not insured for medical costs. This is 10 percent fewer than twelve months previously.
Only 7 percent of unemployed chronic patients in 2008 had managed to find jobs one year later.
In the fourth quarter of last year, the number of jobs of employees grew by 34 thousand (0.4 percent) relative to the fourth quarter of 2009. For the first time in eighteen months, the number of jobs has grown on an annual basis.
Adjusted for seasonal variation, 400 thousand persons (5.1 percent of the Dutch labour force) were registered as unemployed in February 2011. The number of unemployed remained stable in February.
Last year, unemployment increased in most provinces. The most substantial unemployment growth was recorded in South Holland.
In February, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in January.
The labour participation rate for Dutch women is the highest in the European Union (EU).
The number of women who could not accept jobs of twelve hours or more a week, because they had to care for their families was reduced form 755 thousand in 2001 to 318 thousand in 2010.
The latest figures published show that the number of social security benefits granted to people under the age of 65 has risen by 26 thousand over 2010. The number of social security benefits paid out at the end of last year was 307 thousand.
The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the third time in a row. In the fourth quarter, it grew by more than 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2010, but the growth rate is slowing down. In the second and third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs grew by more than 5 and 3 percent respectively.
The number of people switching from one job to another typically increases if the economy is booming and declines if the economy is shrinking. In recent years, more people seem prepared to accept new positions.
Labour participation and economic independence of women increase in spite of crisis.
According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation was 398 thousand in January 2011, i.e. 5.1 percent of the labour force.
By the end of November last year, 597 thousand disability benefits were paid out, a decrease by 109 thousand from five years ago. The total amount paid out has risen by more than 300 million euro in the past five years.
Proportionally, the unemployment increase among people with a non-western background was the same in 2010 as in the native Dutch population.
Seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 401 thousand in December 2010, a reduction by 8 thousand relative to November.
Wage rates negotiated under collective labour agreements (cao’s) were 1.3 percent higher in 2010 than in the previous year. This increase is significantly smaller than in 2009, when wages rose by 2.8 percent.