Labour participation; key figures

Labour participation; key figures

Sex Age Highest educational level Periods Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Employee Flexible employee (x 1 000)
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 2,630
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 734
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 1,038
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 843
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 14
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 1,207
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 507
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 536
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 163
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 1
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 2,561
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 716
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 1,009
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 822
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 14
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 925
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 97
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 295
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 525
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 8
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 622
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 48
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 193
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 377
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 4
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 302
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 49
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 102
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 148
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 4
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 250
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 58
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 98
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 91
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 429
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 112
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 179
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 134
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 4
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 498
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 130
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 208
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 155
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 5
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 179
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 53
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 81
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 43
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 69
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 19
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 29
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 21
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 0
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 607
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 436
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 166
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 4
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 1
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 600
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 71
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 370
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 159
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 0
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 373
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 21
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 115
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 235
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 250
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 27
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 78
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 142
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 172
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 22
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 51
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 97
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 130
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 27
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 51
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 50
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 118
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 24
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 43
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 49
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 1
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 132
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 34
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 55
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 41
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 108
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 29
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 49
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 28
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 2
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains quarterly and yearly figures on labour participation in the Netherlands. The population of 15 to 74 years of age (excluding the institutionalized population) is divided into the employed labour force, the unemployed labour force and those not in the labour force. The employed labour force is subdivided on the basis of the professional status, and the average working hours. A division by sex, age and level of education is available.

Due to changes in the survey design and the questionnaire of the Labour Force Survey (LFS), a revision of the figures for 2021 was carried out in the first quarter of 2022.
As a result, the numbers of 2021 and later will not be comparable to the years 2003-2020.

Data available from: 2003

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2021 and 2022 are final.

Changes as of May 17, 2022:
The figures for the first quarter of 2022 have been published.

When will new figures be released?
New figures will be published August 17, 2022.

Description topics

Labour force
People
- who have paid work (employed labour force), or
- who don’t have paid work, recently looked for work and are directly available for it (unemployed labour force).

This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Employed labour force
People who have paid work.

This definition concerns people who live in the Netherlands (excluding the institutionalized population). The figures are usually presented for the population aged 15 to 74 years old. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Professional status
Classification of the employed labour force into:
Employee
-  permanent
-  flexible
Self-employed
-  without employees (solo self-employed)
-  with employees
-  contributing family worker

When a person has more than one job, the job in which most hours are worked, is used.
Employee
A person who makes arrangements in a collective agreement for labour purposes and who is being paid in return.

When a person has more than one job, the job in which most hours are worked, is used.

Flexible employee
An employee with an employment contract for a limited period or a flexible number of hours. Enclosed here are: - Temporary employee, permanent prospect - Temporary employee, >=1 year - Temporary employee, <1 year - On-call worker (including permanent and temporary employees with flexible hours) - Temporary agency worker - Employee flex, contract unknown.

When a person has more than one job, the job in which most hours are worked, is used.