In the third quarter of 2012, 82 thousand jobs of employees were lost relative to the third quarter of 2011, i.e. a decline by 1.0 percent.
According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 16 thousand in November 2012 to reach 552 thousand, i.e. 7 percent of the labour force.
Over the past decade, more mothers with young children have become active on the job market. Three quarters of mothers with young children were employed or actively seeking work in the third quarter of 2012.
The composition of the employed labour force in the Netherlands has changed in the last ten years. It now comprises fewer employees with a permanent position, but more with flexible contracts and self-employed people.
320 thousand income support benefits were being paid to people up to the age of 65 years at the end of September 2012. This is one thousand more than in the previous quarter, and 6 thousand more than in September 2011.
In the third quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 4 percent down on the preceding quarter. The number of temp hours worked in temp jobs had decreased slightly in the second quarter.
More than 1 in 8 employees had burn-out complaints in 2011. These complaints are relatively common among employees who work under pressure and employees who have little social support from colleagues and management.
173 thousand of the 512 thousand people who were unemployed in the third quarter of 2012 were over 45 years old. Their number has grown fast since 2008.
By the end of September, there were 108 thousand seasonally corrected job vacancies, down 1 thousand on the previous quarter. The number of vacancies fell considerably faster in the previous three quarters according to the latest figures.
According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in October 2012 so that 536 thousand people are now unemployed.
At eight in ten, the share of unemployed people in the Netherlands who went through job advertisements in 2011 was about the same as in 2004. In the period 2004-2011the share of unemployed people searching for jobs online nearly doubled.
Figures show that seasonally adjusted unemployment rose by 5 thousand in September 2012, to 519 thousand.
Collectively agreed wage rates in the Netherlands rose by 1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012. This is the largest increase in collectively agreed wages since the end of 2009. The increase is still below the level of inflation, which was 2.3 percent.
Lead: Just over 9 percent of people claiming income support in the Netherlands at the end of 2010 found a job in 2011. This percentage was highest in smaller municipalities.
On 1 January 2010, the total potential labour force in the 27 countries of the European Union numbered 307 million persons. This is 61 percent of the total population of the EU and is 20 million higher than in 1995. On the basis of Eurostat’s EUROPOP2010 population scenarios, the potential labour force is expected to fall to 265 million in 2060, 14 percent down on 2010.
Victims of workplace aggression more often report a poor state of health than their colleagues who do not face aggression at work. They are also more dissatisfied with their job and are more often looking for another job
By the end of this year, 319 thousand social security benefits were issued, i.e. an increase by more than 1 thousand compared to the previous quarter. The number of social security benefits remained more or less stable relative to June 2011.
In the Netherlands unemployment is low compared with other countries in Europe; certainly when compared with Spain, where more than a quarter of the labour force are unemployed.
In the second quarter of this year, 53 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.7 percent) were lost relative to the second quarter of 2011. Employment was down in many sectors relative to one year previously, but declined most dramatically in public administration.
In the second quarter of this year, 108 thousand young people in the age category 15-25 were un employed, an increase by 26 thousand from one year previously. The unemployment rate is particularly high among non-school going young people.
According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased further in August 2012 by 4 thousand to reach 514 thousand.
Last year, 1.3 million employees (20 percent of all employees) were members of a trade union, versus more than 25 percent in 2000. The trade union membership rate declined more rapidly among men than among women. The rate is relatively low among young people.
In the second quarter of this year, 57 thousand people had stopped looking for work because they thought their chances of success were tiny. The increase relative to one year previously is 14 thousand.
The unused labour force is relatively small in the Netherlands compared to other European Union member states. Last year, the unused labour force comprised 6 percent of the 15 to 75-year-old population.
The vacancy indicator deteriorated marginally in August compared to the preceding month.
In the second quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 0.3 percent up from the preceding quarter. The increase in the first quarter was nearly 1 percent.
At the end of 2011 nearly 230 thousand people in the Netherlands were in reintegration programmes provided by municipal government. This is more than 17 thousand fewer than twelve months previously.
According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment climbed further to 510 thousand in July 2012, i.e. 6.5 percent of the labour force.
Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that after correction for seasonal effects, there were 109 thousand unfilled job vacancies at the end of June.
According to the latest figures, 317 thousand income support benefits were provided on 31 March 2012. This means an increase by one thousand income support benefits to people aged under 65 since 31 December 2011.
Last year, 48 percent of employees in the health care sector had to cope with workplace aggression, versus 33 percent of all employees.
According to the most recent figures unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation stood at 495 thousand in June 2012, an increase by 6 thousand relative to the previous month.
The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the current trend in vacancies. The indicator deteriorated marginally in June compared to the preceding month. In the private sector, pessimists still outnumber optimists and the gap has widened over the past few months.
In 2011, the number of pensioners has exceeded 3 million for the first time. This means that currently nearly one in every five Dutch residents is a pensioner. The proportion of pensioners in the age category 55–65 has declined since 2006.
In the first quarter van 2012 there were over 570 thousand self-employed service providers in the Netherlands without personnel. Almost half was highly educated, and the most common profession was business consultant.
In the first quarter of this year, 26 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.3 percent) were lost relative to the first quarter of 2011.
In the first quarter van 2012, unemployment increased further to reach 484 thousand. More and more people remained unemployed for a period of at least two consecutive quarters.
According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation stood at 489 thousand in May, almost the same as in April.
People who have accepted a job are more often satisfied than they were in the years prior to employment. The same applies people in their first years of retirement.
Last year, 250 thousand people relied on special income support, i.e. approximately 2 percent of the adult population in the Netherlands. Four in ten households receiving special income support are singles and more than two in ten are single parents.
In the first quarter of this year, 883 thousand people were looking for a job of twelve hours a week or more. The number has not been this high in the past six years. Nearly half of people willing to work were not actively looking for a job or could not start immediately.
The number of flex workers is growing continually. Between 2001 and 2011, the share of flex workers grew from 13 to 18 percent. Most flex workers are young. The economic situation strongly affects the number of flex workers.
The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 2 percent down in the first quarter of 2012 from the fourth quarter of 2011. The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs declined for the third consecutive quarter.
Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation has grown by 24 thousand to 489 thousand in April 2012.
Changes in the number of households claiming income support in 2001-2011 correlate directly to the number of claimants under the age of 45.
According to figures released today, there were 118 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2012, after correction for seasonal effects.
Dutch employees aged 55 to 64 years say they could continue their present work to an age of 64.7 years on average. This is one and a half years older than the current average age of retirement.
There were 17 strikes in the Netherlands last year. As a result, 22 thousand working days were lost. In just over half of cases, the actions were only short and relatively few working days were lost in 2011. Most working days were lost in the transport sector.
Labour costs in the Dutch private sector have risen at the same rate over the past decade as the average across the entire European Union. Between 2001 and 2011 Dutch labour costs per hour worked in industry and commercial services have increased by 36 percent.
According to the most recent figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment rose marginally in March 2012 to 465 thousand, i.e. 5.9 percent of the labour force.
Municipalities where the proportion of people receiving unemployment and disability benefits was high in June 2011 are mainly found in the eastern part of the Netherlands.
During the past two years, the number of people who were unemployed for twelve months or more has risen noticeably: from 91 thousand in 2009 to 139 thousand in 2011. Long-term unemployment is much more frequently found in the age category 25-45 and among lower educated.
In the first quarter of 2012, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages have risen by 1.4 percent. The increase was approximately the same as in the previous two quarters. The CAO wage increase has been below the level of inflation for more than eighteen months now.
The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the current trend in vacancies. The indicator remained fairly stable in March relative to the preceding month, just like in January and February. Pessimism still marginally prevailed over optimism in the private sector.
The most recent figures show that seasonally adjusted unemployment declined marginally in February 2012 to 469 thousand, i.e. 6 percent of the labour force.
The average age in the employed labour force has risen further in 2011 to just over 41 versus 36 in the early 1990s. Men in their fifties for the first time outnumbered men in their thirties.
Nearly 3.3 million women were working twelve hours a week or more last year, an increase by more than 460 thousand relative to 2002.
Just like in January, the vacancy indicator remained fairly stable in February relative to the preceding month. Pessimism still marginally prevailed over optimism in the private sector. At the end of December 2011, there were 123 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than at the end of September.
The number of under-27 Wajong (Income Provision Act for Disabled Young People) claimants has grown further in the first six months of 2011, but the number of completely disabled among Wajong recipients has declined.
According to the latest figures, 316 thousand social security benefits were granted by the end of last year to individuals under the age of 65 living at home, i.e. 9 thousand more than one year previously.
Provincial unemployment rates hardly changed in the Netherlands in 2011 relative to 2010.
The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1 percent up in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the preceding quarter. In the third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs stage A had declined for the first time in nearly eighteen months.
Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 18 thousand in January 2012 to 474 thousand, i.e. 6.0 percent of the labour force.
Adjusted for seasonal variation, there were 123 thousand unfilled vacancies at the end of December last year, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than one quarter previously.
According to the latest figures 262 thousand native Dutch, 104 thousand residents with a non-western background and 52 thousand with a western background were seeking employment last year.
According to the latest figures 456 thousand people in the Netherlands were registered as unemployed (5.8 percent of the labour force) in December last year, as many as in November.
The average retirement age of employees had risen to more than 63 years in 2011.
The increase in collectively negotiated wage rates was again modest in 2011. Just as in 2010, wages rose by 1.3 percent on average.
Nearly 30 thousand persons living on social security benefits by the end of 2009 managed to find jobs in 2010, i.e. 9 percent of social security recipients. In the category municipalities with 100 thousand or more residents, Zaanstad and Zoetermeer performed above average, but in Amsterdam and Utrecht, the results were below average.
At the end of September 2011, there were 133 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than at the end of June. The number of job vacancies had grown continuously over the five preceding quarters. Job vacancy figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.