In 2003 approximately 646 thousand employees were driving company-owned cars, a ratio of one to eleven. Far more men than women drive company cars. Company cars are relatively common in the sectors construction and wholesale trade. Employees in the higher income brackets more often drive company-owned cars.
Slightly fewer company-owned cars in 2003
In 2003 slightly fewer employees (9.1 percent) drove a company-owned car than in 2002. Between 1999 and 2002 the share of employees using company cars increased from 7.0 to 9.6 percent.
Share of employees driving company-owned cars
Company car drivers mostly men
Company car drivers are usually men; one in seven male employees drive a company car, as opposed to only 1 in 38 female employees.
Quarter of people working in construction sector drive company cars
Company cars are most common in the sectors construction, wholesale trade, business services (excluding temp agencies) and financial institutions. The percentages ranged from 25 in construction to 17 in the sector financial institutions. Company cars are least common in the public sector, education and care.
Employees driving company cars by sector of industry, September 2003
Male employees in ICT and chartered accountants have the best chance of a perk car. Nearly two in every three of them drive company-owned cars.
Company car most frequently found in highest income brackets
Employees earning high monthly wages more often drive a company-owned car. Six in every ten employees earning at least 10 thousand euro a month drive company-owned cars. Among those earning between 5 and 10 thousand euro the ratio is four in ten. Only 2 percent of employees whose monthly wages do not exceed 2 thousand euro drive company cars. This wage bracket, however, covers half of all employees in the Netherlands.
Company car drivers by monthly wages, September 2003
Leo van Toor and Koos Arts