Labour shortage continues

At the end of 2000 there were 34 vacancies for every thousand jobs in the Netherlands. The computer and business services industries had most problems recruiting workers: 77 and 62 per thousand jobs respectively were vacant in these sectors.

The care sector is at the other end of the scale, here there are only 22 vacancies per thousand jobs.

Vacancy rate in the private sector

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Although the labour shortage is most acute in the computer industry, the situation did improve between the end of 1999 and the end of 2000. The labour supply also increased in transport and telecommunications, and in the hotel and restaurant sector. For financial institutions, business services and the construction industry, however, the situation deteriorated.

Hans Langenberg