Labour participation; key figures

Labour participation; key figures

Sex Age Highest educational level Periods Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Full-time (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Part-time Less than 20 working hours a week Less than 20 working hours a week (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Part-time Less than 20 working hours a week Less than 12 working hours a week (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Part-time Less than 20 working hours a week 12 to 19 working hours a week (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Part-time 20 to 34 working hours a week 20 to 34 working hours a week (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Part-time 20 to 34 working hours a week 20 to 27 working hours a week (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Working hours Part-time 20 to 34 working hours a week 28 to 34 working hours a week (x 1 000)
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 4,912 1,555 886 670 2,945 1,279 1,666
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 741 616 401 215 462 229 233
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 1,722 665 341 325 1,226 591 635
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 2,418 268 141 127 1,241 452 789
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 31 5 3 2 15 7 8
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 368 883 612 271 326 167 159
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 79 436 328 107 89 47 42
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 180 376 237 139 179 94 85
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 110 72 47 25 57 25 32
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 4,827 1,440 813 627 2,855 1,224 1,631
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 715 582 379 203 440 215 225
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 1,691 626 320 306 1,191 568 623
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 2,389 228 112 116 1,209 435 774
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 31 4 2 2 15 7 8
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 2,318 245 91 154 1,224 478 747
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 218 44 15 29 91 38 53
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 722 112 38 74 442 195 247
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 1,364 87 37 50 686 241 445
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 14 2 1 1 6 3 2
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 1,280 129 53 76 572 205 367
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 86 18 7 12 37 17 20
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 383 63 24 39 205 82 123
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 803 47 21 25 327 104 222
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 8 0 0 0 3 1 2
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 1,038 116 38 78 652 272 380
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 131 26 8 18 54 20 33
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 340 49 14 35 237 113 124
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 561 40 16 24 359 137 222
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 6 1 1 1 3 2 1
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 1,222 132 39 93 666 284 382
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 201 40 14 26 99 46 53
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 439 59 13 46 290 141 149
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 574 32 12 20 271 96 175
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 9 1 0 1 6 1 4
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 2,141 312 111 202 1,304 579 725
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 419 103 36 66 260 130 130
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 790 138 46 93 569 278 291
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 916 69 28 41 467 169 298
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 16 2 1 2 8 3 6
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 2,225 428 183 245 1,394 635 759
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 444 137 58 79 282 144 138
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 820 178 66 112 605 302 303
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 945 110 57 53 498 186 312
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 16 4 2 2 8 3 6
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 919 181 72 109 638 295 343
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 218 63 23 40 161 84 77
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 351 79 33 47 279 137 142
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 342 37 16 21 196 73 122
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 7 1 0 1 3 1 2
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 84 115 72 43 90 55 35
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 25 34 21 13 23 15 8
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 31 39 20 19 35 24 12
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 29 41 29 11 32 17 15
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 52 546 411 135 94 57 37
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 34 404 312 92 57 33 24
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 17 139 97 42 34 22 13
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 0 3 2 1 2 1 0
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 316 337 201 136 233 111 122
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 45 32 16 15 32 14 18
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 162 237 140 96 145 73 72
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 109 69 45 24 55 24 32
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 654 76 35 41 256 84 172
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 36 7 2 4 17 7 10
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 192 38 18 21 96 35 62
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 422 30 15 15 141 41 99
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 4 0 0 0 2 1 1
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 626 53 18 36 316 121 195
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 50 12 4 7 20 10 10
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 191 25 7 18 109 47 61
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 380 16 6 10 186 63 123
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 4 0 0 0 1 0 1
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 530 53 17 35 338 141 197
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 63 9 2 7 20 9 11
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 168 22 6 16 111 54 57
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 296 21 9 12 206 77 129
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 3 1 0 1 2 1 0
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 508 63 21 43 314 131 183
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 68 17 6 11 33 11 22
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 172 27 8 20 126 60 67
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 265 19 7 12 153 60 94
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 3 1 1 0 1 1 0
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 564 58 15 43 319 138 181
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 86 13 4 9 38 17 21
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 192 26 5 22 134 70 64
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 283 18 6 12 144 51 93
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 4 0 0 0 2 1 2
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 659 74 24 50 347 146 202
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 115 26 9 17 61 29 32
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 247 32 8 24 156 71 85
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 291 14 6 8 127 45 82
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 5 1 0 0 3 1 3
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Total 2022 1e kwartaal 567 90 35 55 349 159 190
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 1 Lower education 2022 1e kwartaal 123 26 9 18 80 42 38
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 2 Intermediate education 2022 1e kwartaal 225 42 17 25 158 79 79
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 3 Higher education 2022 1e kwartaal 215 21 9 12 109 37 72
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Unknown 2022 1e kwartaal 5 1 0 1 2 1 1
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.
Working hours
The number of hours someone works in a normal or average working week.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

Part-time
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is less than 35 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.
Less than 20 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is less than 20 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

Less than 20 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is less than 20 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

Less than 12 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is less than 20 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

12 to 19 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is 12 to 19 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.


20 to 34 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is 20 to 34 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

20 to 34 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is 20 to 34 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

20 to 27 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is 20 to 27 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.
28 to 34 working hours a week
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is 28 to 34 hours.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.

Full-time
The number of hours that a person works in a normal or average working week is 35 hours or more.

In the average working hours overtime and unpaid hours are not taken into account.