Nearly 30 thousand contract workers in agriculture
The majority of the non-regular labour force - often seasonal workers - were active in horticulture. Especially during planting and harvesting times, more temporary manpower is needed in this sector. The horticultural sector accounted for almost 26 thousand full-time jobs of non-regularly employed persons, nearly 87 percent of these types of jobs in agriculture.
|Bedrijfstype||Full-time jobs (1,000 full-time jobs)|
|Other livestock farming||1.1|
Lots of seasonal work at greenhouse vegetable farms
Within the horticultural sector, the seasonal workforce was largest at greenhouse vegetable farms. This workforce was larger than the number of regularly employed workers. Nearly 60 percent of the labour input consisted of seasonal workers. These include students who help pick tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers, but also temporary migrant workers. No further information is available on this. Seasonal workers accounted for 19 percent of the work on all farms. Agricultural sectors where there is relatively little seasonal work are livestock farming and arable farming.
|Bedrijfstype||Share of non-regular labour force (% of full-time jobs)|
|Pot and bedding plants||32|
|Other greenhouse horticulture||22|
|Other livestock farming||4|
Relatively much seasonal work in Haarlem and Westland
In the areas around Haarlem and in the Westland region, a relatively large part of the agricultural activities were carried out by seasonal workers, namely 61 and 46 percent respectively. The Westland region is known for its greenhouses, where mainly vegetables, flowers and plants are grown. In the north of Noord-Holland province, western Noord-Brabant and large parts of Zuid-Holland as well, a relatively large number of seasonal workers were employed in agriculture; 30 to 40 percent of the workforce were not employed on a regular basis.
|Delfzijl en omgeving (CR)||9|
|Overig Groningen (CR)||4|
|Kop van Noord-Holland (CR)||33|
|Alkmaar en omgeving (CR)||20|
|Agglomeratie Haarlem (CR)||61|
|Het Gooi en Vechtstreek (CR)||4|
|Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek (CR)||28|
|Agglomeratie 's-Gravenhage (CR)||31|
|Delft en Westland (CR)||46|
|Overig Zeeland (CR)||18|