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 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 74 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 24 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 64 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 44 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 34 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 44 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 54 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 64 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 74 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 64 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 74 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 19 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 15 to 19 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 20 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 20 to 24 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 29 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 25 to 29 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 30 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 30 to 34 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 39 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 35 to 39 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 40 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 40 to 44 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 49 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 45 to 49 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 50 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 50 to 54 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Total 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 59 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
Total male and female 55 to 59 years Unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . .
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 a redesign of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) the planned update on the third quarter in November 2021 will be postponed to the first quarter of 2022. Because of the changes in the survey design and questionnaire the numbers on the whole of 2021 will then be revised. As a result, the numbers of 2021 will not be comparable to the previous years.

Data available from: 2003

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2021 in this table are final. However, due to changes in the survey design and the questionnaire, a revision of the 2021 figures will be implemented in the first quarter of 2022.

Changes as of November 16, 2021:
Due to a redesign of the Labor Force Survey (LFS), no new figures for the third quarter of 2021 will be published in 2021. The third quarter is therefore filled with dots.

When will new figures be released?
New figures will be published in the first quarter of 2022. Due to changes in the survey design and the questionnaire of the LFS, a revision of the figures will be implemented for 2021.

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.