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.
Single men spend their money on other things than single women. Men spend more on cars, eating out and gadgets, while women spend more on clothes, personal care and fruit and vegetables.
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.
Just over 6.3 thousand child care centres in the Netherlands provided day care or out of school care on 1 January 2007. Inhabitants of large cities had both the most choice, and lived nearest to childcare centres.
The higher the grades students received for their final exams in secondary education, the faster they will graduate from higher education. These graduation grades play a larger role for men than for women.
Obese and underweight persons are more often depressive than people in the normal body weight range.
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.
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 total number of criminal cases against girls in the Netherlands disposed of by the public prosecutor’s office and judges more than trebled in the period 1995-2008: from just over 2,200 in 1995 to more than 6,800 in 2008.
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.
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.
In 2007 over 1.1 million people received the general levy discount, as against 1.3 million at the moment of introduction in 2001. In nine out of ten cases, the recipients of this subsidy mockingly termed ‘kitchen sink subsidy’ are women.
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.
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.
Fewer employees took parental leave in 2008 than in previous years, but the average leave period increased.
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.
There were 1,571 women firefighters in the Netherlands on 1 January 2009. One year previously there were still 1,586. It is first time since 2000 that the number of female firefighters did not increase.
Inequality between men and women in the Netherlands is relatively small compared to the other countries of the EU 27. The Netherlands has a relatively high score on the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM).
An average 358 thousand people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the period March-May 2009.
In the period February-April 2009 unemployment averaged 360 thousand. This equals 4.6 percent of the labour force.
Farmers whose partner also works on the farm have larger farms than single farmers or farmers who run their farm without the help of their partner.
In the period 2000–2007, the proportion of economically independent women has grown. There was a striking increase among 30 to 55-year-old women.
Female incomes are considerably lower than male incomes. On average, women received 56 percent of what men earned in 2007, the same as in 2003.
An average of 341 thousand persons (4.4 percent of the labour force) were unemployed in the period January-March 2009.
Nearly 7 in 10 women aged between 18 and 45 used contraceptives last year; 40 percent took the oral contraceptive pill, as against nearly 50 percent in 1998.
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.
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.
In the period 2005–2008, 29 percent of deliveries in the Netherlands occurred at home, as against 35 percent in the period 1997–2000.
Unemployment averaged 285 thousand in the period October-December 2008, i.e. 3.7 percent of the labour force.
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.