Labour force; 1800-2013 (12-hours threshold)

Labour force; 1800-2013 (12-hours threshold)

Sex Personal characteristics Periods Employed labour force Social class I (%) Employed labour force Social class II (%) Employed labour force Social class III (%) Employed labour force Social class IV (%) Employed labour force Social class V (%) Employed labour force Social class VI (%) Employed labour force Social class VII (%)
Total sex Total personal characteristics 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Age 15 to 25 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Age 25 to 40 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Age 40 to 55 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Age 55 to 65 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Background: Netherlands 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Background: with migration background 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Background: western 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Background: non-western 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Background: unknown 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Educ. level: primary 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Educ. level: vmbo, mbo1, avo 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Educ. level: havo, vwo, mbo 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Educ. level: hbo 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Educ. level: wo 2013 . . . . . . .
Total sex Educ level: unknown 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Total personal characteristics 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Age 15 to 25 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Age 25 to 40 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Age 40 to 55 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Age 55 to 65 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Background: Netherlands 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Background: with migration background 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Background: western 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Background: non-western 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Background: unknown 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Educ. level: primary 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Educ. level: vmbo, mbo1, avo 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Educ. level: havo, vwo, mbo 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Educ. level: hbo 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Educ. level: wo 2013 . . . . . . .
Men Educ level: unknown 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Total personal characteristics 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Age 15 to 25 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Age 25 to 40 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Age 40 to 55 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Age 55 to 65 years 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Background: Netherlands 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Background: with migration background 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Background: western 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Background: non-western 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Background: unknown 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Educ. level: primary 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Educ. level: vmbo, mbo1, avo 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Educ. level: havo, vwo, mbo 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Educ. level: hbo 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Educ. level: wo 2013 . . . . . . .
Women Educ level: unknown 2013 . . . . . . .
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


In this table you can find a historical series of figures since 1800 on the composition of the Dutch labour force from 15-64 by sex and a few other personal characteristics. The data on the registered unemployed by ethnic background and level of education are only available from 1996 and onwards. The figures on professional prestige, socio-economic status and social class are only available from 1975 and onwards and only concern the total employed labour force. Until 1987 the definition of the employed labour force deviates somewhat from the current definition. It concerns people who work at least 15 hours a week instead of 12 hours a week.

Data available from 1800 including 2013.

Status of the figures:
On 26 February 2015 new revised tables about the labour force have been published. The revision of the labour force statistics consists of two parts. The definitions are adjusted to the international standard definitions and data collection is improved by using web interviewing. The figures in this table haven’t been revised yet and thus differ from the figures in other tables concerning the labour force. For more information about this revision, see the link to the press release in paragraph 3.

Changes as of June 27, 2018:
None, this table has been discontinued.

When will new figures be published?
This table will no longer be updated. A new historical series of yearly figures on the labour force based on the international definition is made. See the link in paragraph 3.

Description topics

Employed labour force
Social class
Classification of socio-economic class of Erikson, Goldthorpe en
Portocarero (1979). Within the classes professions are combined that are
characterized by the same market and labour situation based on the source
and height of the income, degree of economic certainty, chances of
economic progression, place in production ratio, degree of power of
decision in production process and production resources and degree of
autonomy in working. The EGP class scheme brings a few distinctions
together. The division into brainwork, manual work and agricultural work,
the distinction between entrepreneurship and paid employment and the
differences in managerial tasks and level of profession.
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
I
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
II
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
III
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
IV
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
V
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
VI
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.
VII
Classes:
I Higher-grade professionals, administrators, and officials; managers in
large industrial establishments; large proprietors.
II Lower-grade professionals, administrators, and officials, higher-grade
technicians; managers in small industrial establishments; supervisors of
non-manual employees.
III Routine, non-manual employees.
IV Small proprietors, artisans, farmers and smallholders etc.
V Lower-grade technicians; supervisors of manual workers.
VI Skilled manual workers.
VII Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers, agricultural and other
workers in primary production.