Labour participation; attachment to the labour market

Labour participation; attachment to the labour market

Sex Personal characteristics Periods 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 Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Full-time (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Unknown (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Part-time Less than 20 hours a week Less than 20 hours a week (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Part-time Less than 20 hours a week Less than 12 hours a week (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Part-time Less than 20 hours a week 12 to 19 hours a week (x 1.000) Not employed labour force Unemployed labour force Desired hours of work Part-time 20 to 34 hours a week (x 1.000)
Total male and female Total persons 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Level of educ: 3 High 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Total male and female Level of educ: unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Total persons 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Level of educ: 3 High 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Male Level of educ: unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Total persons 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 15 to 24 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 25 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 25 to 34 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 35 to 44 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 45 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 45 to 54 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 55 to 64 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Age: 65 to 74 years 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Level of educ: 1. Low 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Level of educ: 2 Intermediate 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Level of educ: 3 High 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
Female Level of educ: unknown 2021 3rd quarter . . . . . . . .
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.

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

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.
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.

Desired hours of work
The number of hours someone wants to works in a normal or average working week.
Part-time
Person wants to work part-time, up to 35 hours a week.
Less than 20 hours a week
Person wants to work part-time, up to 20 hours a week.
Less than 20 hours a week
Person wants to work part-time, up to 20 hours a week.
Less than 12 hours a week
Person wants to work part-time, up to 12 hours a week.
12 to 19 hours a week
Person wants to work part-time, 12 to 19 hours a week.
20 to 34 hours a week
Person wants to work part-time, 20 to 34 hours a week.
Full-time
Person wants to work part-time, 35 hours a week or more.
Unknown
It is unknown how many hours a person wants to work.