Labour participation; attachment to the labour market

Labour participation; attachment to the labour market

Sex Personal characteristics Periods Labour force and not in the labour force (x 1.000) Employed labour force Employed labour force (x 1.000) Employed labour force Want to work more hours, available (x 1.000) Employed labour force Doesn’t want more hours or not available (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Not employed labour force (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Unemployed labour force (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Not in the labour force Not in the labour force (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Not in the labour force Seeking work, but not available (x 1.000)
Total male and female Total persons 2021 1st quarter 13,118 8,974 390 8,583 4,144 355 3,789 123
Total male and female Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 1st quarter 2,126 1,298 108 1,190 829 135 694 29
Total male and female Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 1st quarter 4,278 3,682 136 3,545 596 120 476 52
Total male and female Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 1st quarter 2,226 1,928 77 1,851 298 67 230 26
Total male and female Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 1st quarter 2,052 1,754 60 1,694 298 53 246 26
Total male and female Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 1st quarter 6,714 3,994 146 3,848 2,719 100 2,619 42
Total male and female Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 1st quarter 2,383 2,015 81 1,934 369 47 322 18
Total male and female Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 1st quarter 2,379 1,689 58 1,631 689 45 644 19
Total male and female Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 1st quarter 1,952 290 8 283 1,661 8 1,653 5
Total male and female Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 1st quarter 3,362 1,585 80 1,505 1,777 116 1,660 33
Total male and female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 1st quarter 4,851 3,420 173 3,248 1,430 137 1,294 48
Total male and female Level of educ: 3 High 2021 1st quarter 4,690 3,848 135 3,714 842 97 744 38
Total male and female Level of educ: unknown 2021 1st quarter 216 121 4 117 95 4 91 3
Male Total persons 2021 1st quarter 6,566 4,760 161 4,598 1,806 182 1,624 56
Male Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 1st quarter 1,084 651 51 600 433 64 369 14
Male Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 1st quarter 2,149 1,923 53 1,870 227 65 161 21
Male Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 1st quarter 1,125 999 32 967 126 36 90 10
Male Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 1st quarter 1,024 923 21 903 101 29 71 11
Male Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 1st quarter 3,333 2,186 58 2,128 1,147 53 1,094 21
Male Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 1st quarter 1,187 1,063 27 1,036 124 23 101 8
Male Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 1st quarter 1,187 929 26 903 258 24 234 10
Male Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 1st quarter 959 194 6 188 765 6 759 3
Male Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 1st quarter 1,607 891 40 851 717 63 654 16
Male Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 1st quarter 2,503 1,846 68 1,778 657 69 588 20
Male Level of educ: 3 High 2021 1st quarter 2,348 1,952 51 1,901 396 48 349 17
Male Level of educ: unknown 2021 1st quarter 107 71 2 68 37 3 34 3
Female Total persons 2021 1st quarter 6,552 4,214 229 3,985 2,337 173 2,165 67
Female Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 1st quarter 1,043 647 57 590 396 71 325 15
Female Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 1st quarter 2,128 1,759 84 1,675 369 54 315 31
Female Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 1st quarter 1,100 929 44 884 172 31 141 15
Female Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 1st quarter 1,028 830 39 791 198 23 174 15
Female Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 1st quarter 3,380 1,809 89 1,720 1,572 47 1,525 21
Female Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 1st quarter 1,196 952 54 897 244 24 221 10
Female Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 1st quarter 1,191 760 32 728 431 21 410 9
Female Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 1st quarter 993 97 2 95 896 2 894 2
Female Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 1st quarter 1,754 694 40 654 1,060 54 1,007 17
Female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 1st quarter 2,347 1,574 104 1,470 773 68 706 27
Female Level of educ: 3 High 2021 1st quarter 2,342 1,897 84 1,813 445 49 396 22
Female Level of educ: unknown 2021 1st quarter 109 50 1 49 59 2 57 1
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains quarterly and yearly figures on the attachment of people to the labour market in the Netherlands. The population of 15 to 74 years of age (excluding the institutionalized population) is divided into the employed labour force and the not employed labour force. The employed labour force is subdivided on the basis of whether they want to work more or not. The not employed labour force is subdivided into the unemployed and those not in the labour force. The unemployed labour force is subdivided on the basis of the desired hours of work. Those not in the labour force are subdivided based on the search and availability criteria. A division by age, sex and level of education is available.

Data available from: 2003

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are final.

Changes as of 18 May 2021:
The quarterly figures for the 1st quarter 2021 are added.

When will new figures be published?
Each quarter new figures will be published.

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 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.
Want to work more hours, available
This group consists of people who work part-time (less than 35 hours a week) in their first job and want to work more hours within six months, assuming that their earnings also change. They are immediately available for this. The comparable term used by Eurostat is underemployed.

Up to and including 2012 it was assumed that people who work 12 hours or more a week and want to work more hours, cannot start within two weeks. This group was therefore not asked if they could start within two weeks. The questionnaire has now been adjusted so that the respondent will receive this question. The number of people that can start within two weeks is therefore greater than before and the remaining part of the employed labour force that does not want to work more hours or is not available, is therefore (equally) lower.

Doesn’t want more hours or not available
This group consists of people:
- who work full-time (35 hours or more a week) in their first job;
- who work part-time (less than 35 hours a week) in their first job and do not want to work more hours within six months (assuming that their earnings also change);
- who work part-time (less than 35 hours a week) in their first job, want to work more hours within six months, but are not immediately available for this;

Up to and including 2012 it was assumed that people who work 12 hours or more a week and want to work more hours, cannot start within two weeks. This group was therefore not asked if they could start within two weeks. The questionnaire has now been adjusted so that the respondent will receive this question. The number of people that can start within two weeks is therefore greater than before and the remaining part of the employed labour force that does not want to work more hours or is not available, is therefore (equally) lower.
Not employed labour force
People who don't 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. The non-employed population consists of the unemployed labour force and the people not in the labour force. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Not employed labour force
People who don't 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. The non-employed population consists of the unemployed labour force and the people not in the labour force. Paid work is regardless of the hours worked.
Unemployed labour force
People who don’t have paid work, recently looked for work and are directly available for it.

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.

Unemployed labour force
People who don’t have paid work, recently looked for work and are directly available for it.

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.
Not in the labour force
People who don’t have paid work, who haven’t recently looked for work recently or are not directly available for it.

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.
Not in the labour force
People who don’t have paid work, who haven’t recently looked for work recently or are not directly available for it.

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.
Seeking work, but not available
Person is not directly available for work, but has recently looked for work.