Labour participation; key figures

Labour participation; key figures

Sex Age Highest educational level Periods Labour force and not in the labour force (x 1 000) Labour force Labour force (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Employed labour force (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Employee Employee (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Employee Permanent employee (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Employee Flexible employee (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Self-employed person Self-employed person (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Self-employed person Self-employed without employees (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Self-employed person Self-employed with employees (x 1 000) Labour force Employed labour force Professional status Self-employed person Contributing family worker (x 1 000)
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 60 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 60 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 60 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 69 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 69 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 65 to 69 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 70 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 70 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Total male and female 70 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 24 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 24 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 24 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 15 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 25 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 25 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 25 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 25 to 34 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 25 to 34 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 25 to 34 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 35 to 44 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 35 to 44 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 35 to 44 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 54 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 54 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 54 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 74 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 74 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 45 to 74 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 55 to 64 years 1 Lower education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 55 to 64 years 2 Intermediate education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 55 to 64 years 3 Higher education 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . . . .
Male 65 to 74 years 1 Lower education 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 and not in the labour force
People who are part of the employed labour force, the unemployed labour force or who are not in the 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 75 years old. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.

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.
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.
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.

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.

Permanent employee
An employee with an employment contract for an indefinite period and for a fixed number of hours.

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, view on permanent
-  Temporary employee, >=1 year
-  Temporary employee, <1 year
-  On-call worker
-  Temporary agency worker
-  Permanent employee, flexible hours
-  Temporary employee, flexible hours

When a person has more than one job, the job in which most hours are worked, is used.
Self-employed person
A person who works for his/her own account and risk
-  in an own company or practice (self-employed entrepreneur), or
-  as an owner-manager, or
-  in the company or practice of a family member (contributing family worker), or
-  as another self-employed person (for example in an independent profession).

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

Self-employed person
A person who works for his/her own account and risk
-  in an own company or practice (self-employed entrepreneur), or
-  as an owner-manager, or
-  in the company or practice of a family member (contributing family worker), or
-  as another self-employed person (for example in an independent profession).

When a person has more than one job, the job in which most hours are worked, is used.
Self-employed without employees
A person who works for his/her own account and risk
-  in an own company or practice (self-employed entrepreneur), or
-  as an owner-manager, or
-  as another self-employed person (for example in an independent profession), and
-  who has no employees.

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

Self-employed with employees
A person who works for his/her own account and risk
-  in an own company or practice (self-employed entrepreneur), or
-  as an owner-manager, and
-  who has employees.

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

Contributing family worker
A person who works, not on the basis of a an explicit employment contract, in the company or practice of the partner or parents.

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