This article shows the results of a study of self-employed workers who made the switch tobecome paid employees. This study was a follow-up to a study on employees who startedup their own business and became self-employed.
This year, nearly six in ten e-shoppers booked their trips and holidays directly online. Trips and accommodations are most frequently bought online.
Companies in the Dutch manufacturing industry expect to invest 10 percent less in 2009 than in 2008.
Compared with most countries, it takes a relatively short time to start up a business in the Netherlands.
On 1 January 2009, there were 844 thousand companies and institutions in the Netherlands, an increase by more than 46 thousand relative to one year previously. The number of one-man businesses again rose distinctly.
Operating results generated by large companies amounted to 4.2 billion euro in the second quarter of 2009, the lowest level since the survey was set up in 2005. The results have dropped by over 50 percent relative to one year ago. Manufacturing companies largely account for the deterioration.
In 2008 38.7 thousand new companies joined the Dutch business community, providing work for some 51.7 thousand people. The number of new companies lagged a little behind the 2007 number.
In 2007, spending on Research & Development in the Netherlands amounted to 9.6 billion euro.
Manufacturers anticipate a 10 percent drop in investments in 2009 relative to last year.
Only a small number of people in the Dutch labour force are engaged in R&D activities. The private sector spent 49 thousand labour years (1.1 percent) on R&D in 2007, thus approximating the European average.
In the course of 2008, the rate of return of leading non-financial companies has deteriorated. It is also more difficult for them to finance their activities.
By the end of 2007, nearly half of companies with a staff of ten or more persons employed teleworkers. Teleworking is most common among large companies.