Last year, there were 9.0 million people in work in the Netherlands. At 31 hours, the average working week has been relatively stable for a decade. 4.6 million people were working full-time, i.e. 35 hours or more in the context of this survey. Employees working full-time are most likely to work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Self-employed persons are more likely to work over 40 hours per week. For example, one-third of the self-employed indicated in 2019 that they worked 40 hours per week, versus 3 percent of the employees.
|0 to 12 hrs||10.6||10.5||10.6|
|12 to 20 hrs||7.5||8.1||4.7|
|20 to 28 hrs||14.0||14.7||10.2|
|28 to 35 hrs||17.0||18.0||12.0|
|35 to 41 hrs||42.7||45.3||29.8|
|41 hrs or more||8.2||3.3||32.8|
Over one-quarter of women work full-time
In 2019, 27 percent of women worked full-time, i.e. 24 percent among employees and 41 percent among self-employed. This means that the share of full-time female workers has increased in recent years. In 2016, this share stood at 25 percent. In the same period, the proportion of full-time male workers fell from 74 to 72 percent. The gap between full-time employees and self-employed is narrower among men than among women. Not only are men more likely to work full-time than women, they are also more likely to put in over 40 hours per week.
|0 to 12 hrs||13.1||8.3|
|12 to 20 hrs||11.7||3.9|
|20 to 28 hrs||24.3||5.0|
|28 to 35 hrs||24.4||10.6|
|35 to 41 hrs||23.1||60.0|
|41 hrs or more||3.5||12.3|
45 to 54-year-olds most likely to work over 40 hours
In all age categories between 25 and 64 years, more than half are full-time workers. At 61 percent, the proportion of full-time workers is highest among 25 to 34-year-olds. Young people and the over-65s, on the other hand, are more likely to have part-time jobs. The share working more than 40 hours per week is highest among 45 to 54-year-olds, namely 11 percent.
|Werkweek||0 to 12 hrs||12 to 20 hrs||20 to 28 hrs||28 to 35 hrs||35 to 41 hrs||41 hrs or more|
|15 to 24 yrs||42.5||15.3||9.8||10.7||19.3||2.4|
|25 to 34 yrs||3.3||4.7||11.8||19.1||53.7||7.5|
|35 to 44 yrs||2.5||5.1||15.7||19.4||48.3||9.0|
|45 to 54 yrs||3.2||5.8||15.3||17.8||47.0||10.8|
|55 to 64 yrs||5.6||7.9||16.2||17.6||42.9||9.8|
|65 to 74 yrs||36.1||14.6||16.3||10.4||16.7||5.9|
85 percent of managers working full-time
The top 5 occupations with the highest share of full-time workers are managers (85 percent) and occupations in ICT, engineering, public administration, security and legal services, and agriculture. The lowest proportion of full-time workers can be found in education, care and welfare and in services. For example, 10 percent of caregivers and 37 percent of teachers work full-time. These are also professions with a large number of female workers. Occupations with the highest rate of persons working over 40 hours are those in the agricultural sector (31 percent) and managers (23 percent).
|Beroepsklasse||35 to 41 hrs||41 hrs or more|
|Occupations in public administration||61.4||6.5|
|Other occupational classes||51.1||9.0|
|Creative and linguistic occupations||40.8||12.9|
|Operational and administrative occupations||47.9||5.3|
|Occupations in transport and logistics||38.1||7.9|
|Occupations in care and welfare||22.3||5.1|