Purchasing power development; household characteristics

Purchasing power development; household characteristics

Household characteristics Periods Median development purchasing power (%) Persons with purchasing power decrease (%) Persons with purchasing power increase (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 20th percentile (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 40th percentile (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 60th percentile (%) Purchasing power development(percentile) 80th percentile (%)
Total persons 2017 0.7 43.9 56.1 -6.4 -0.5 2.6 11.5
Total persons 2018 0.6 45.6 54.4 -6.3 -0.5 2.7 11.6
Total persons 2019* 1.3 37.8 62.2 -5.8 0.2 3.2 11.4
Type: Single person household 2017 0.3 44.3 55.7 -3.7 -0.3 0.8 5.7
Type: Single person household 2018 -0.1 51.9 48.1 -3.3 -0.4 0.4 5.8
Type: Single person household 2019* 0.7 33.4 66.6 -2.3 0.3 1.3 6.4
Type: One-parent family 2017 1.5 38.5 61.5 -6.3 0.2 3.7 12.8
Type: One-parent family 2018 1.1 42.3 57.7 -6.6 -0.3 3.5 12.8
Type: One-parent family 2019* 1.7 38.2 61.8 -6.3 0.2 4.0 13.0
Type: Couple, no children 2017 -0.1 51.3 48.7 -4.5 -0.8 0.7 6.1
Type: Couple, no children 2018 -0.3 54.1 45.9 -4.3 -0.8 0.6 6.2
Type: Couple, no children 2019* 0.6 37.6 62.4 -3.2 0.1 1.5 6.6
Type: Couple, with child(ren) 2017 2.2 38.5 61.5 -5.3 0.3 4.5 12.9
Type: Couple, with child(ren) 2018 2.5 37.5 62.5 -5.2 0.5 4.9 13.1
Type: Couple, with child(ren) 2019* 2.8 35.7 64.3 -5.1 0.9 5.1 12.7
Source: Income as employee 2017 1.5 41.1 58.9 -5.6 -0.2 3.6 11.3
Source: Income as employee 2018 1.9 39.5 60.5 -5.3 0.1 4.0 11.9
Source: Income as employee 2019* 2.5 35.5 64.5 -4.9 0.8 4.7 12.2
Source: Income as self-employed (total) 2017 3.0 42.6 57.4 -12.1 -1.0 7.8 24.5
Source: Income as self-employed (total) 2018 2.2 44.4 55.6 -13.5 -1.6 6.8 22.0
Source: Income as self-employed (total) 2019* 0.7 47.8 52.2 -13.6 -2.3 4.5 17.3
Source: Income as self-employed ... 2017 3.1 43.1 56.9 -12.7 -1.4 8.0 23.7
Source: Income as self-employed ... 2018 2.9 43.4 56.6 -12.9 -1.5 7.6 22.3
Source: Income as self-employed ... 2019* 0.9 47.9 52.1 -16.5 -3.7 5.6 19.2
Source: Old-age/survivors pension 2017 -0.2 53.6 46.4 -3.2 -0.7 0.3 2.3
Source: Old-age/survivors pension 2018 -0.4 61.4 38.6 -2.7 -0.7 0.0 2.3
Source: Old-age/survivors pension 2019* 0.5 34.2 65.8 -1.5 0.2 0.8 3.1
Source: Social assistance benefit 2017 0.8 30.1 69.9 -2.4 0.4 1.8 7.5
Source: Social assistance benefit 2018 0.0 50.1 49.9 -3.2 -0.4 0.9 6.6
Source: Social assistance benefit 2019* 0.6 36.1 63.9 -2.5 0.1 1.4 7.1
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains figures on the development of dynamic purchasing power of persons. The purchasing power development is only shown for persons with equal characteristics in the reporting year and the year before. The figures in this table are broken down into different household characteristics, like main source of income and age of the main earner. The population consists of all persons in private households with income on January 1st of the reporting year.

Data available from: 2012.

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table for the period 2012 to 2018 are final. The figures for the period 2019 are preliminary.

Changes as of 8 September 2020:
Figures for 2018 have been finalized. Figures for 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published in September 2021.

Description topics

Median development purchasing power
Purchasing power is defined as the equivalised household income adjusted for price developments, which are based on the consumer price index (CPI). Purchasing power is used to determine income changes (in real terms), but may also be used to determine (developments in) differences in prosperity between individuals or households.

The development is measured by the median change in purchasing power. The median is defined as the value separating the higher half from the lower half. In simple terms, it may be thought of as the 'middle' value of a data set.

Persons with purchasing power decrease
Percentage of the selected population with a decreasing purchasing power.
Persons with purchasing power increase
Percentage of the selected population with an increasing purchasing power.
Purchasing power development(percentile)
The individual purchasing power developments are ordered from low to high. Percentiles indicate the purchasing power development boundaries. A corresponding percentage of the population has a lower purchasing power development.
20th percentile
20 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.
40th percentile
40 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.
60th percentile
60 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.
80th percentile
80 percent of the population has a lower purchasing power development than this value or has an equal purchasing power development.