Caribbean Netherlands: job growth over 50 percent in 10 years
|Jaar||Caribbean Netherlands (x 1,000)||Bonaire (x 1,000)||St Eustatius (x 1,000)||Saba (x 1,000)|
The number of employee jobs has been increasing every year since 2011. On Bonaire, the number rose by 4,240 relative to 2011. St Eustatius saw an increase of 290 employee jobs and Saba of 180 employee jobs. Population growth and tourism growth are key drivers of the increase in employee jobs between 2011 and 2021. Bonaire has the greatest influence on job and wage growth in the Caribbean Netherlands; 84 percent of employee jobs were on this island in 2021. In Bonaire, employee wages are 6 percent below the Caribbean Netherlands average. On St Eustatius, it is 35 percent higher than the average and on Saba 20 percent.
More jobs in care
Between 2011 and 2021, the Caribbean Netherlands saw an increase in the number of jobs in health care. On Bonaire, the number was 980 higher than in 2011. On St Eustatius and Saba, the number of employee jobs in health care also increased, but in relatively smaller numbers.
On Bonaire (+67 percent) and Saba (+100 percent), the number of employee jobs in the accommodation and food services sector also increased sharply. On St Eustatius, the number of employee jobs in this sector remained virtually unchanged. Also notable is the increase in construction and trade jobs on St Eustatius, from 70 in 2011, to 240 in 2021.
|Bedrijfstak||2021* (employee jobs)||2011 (employee jobs)|
|Public administration and public services||1120|
|Healthcare and welfare||1530||550|
|Accommodation and food services||1440||860|
|Wholesale and retail trade||1410||870|
|Culture, recreation, other services||760||540|
|Transport, information and communication||560||460|
|Real estate renting and business activities||360||80|
|Energy, water supply and waste management||270||100|
|SBI code unknown||150|
|Mining and quarrying||50|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||10||20|
Job growth stalled by coronavirus pandemic
In 2020, the number of employee jobs in the Caribbean Netherlands rose by 1.1 percent year on year, versus 2.8 percent in 2021. This is less than the average annual growth rate of 4.4 percent from 2011 to 2021. The pandemic had a negative impact on the growth in employee jobs. With far fewer tourists visiting the islands in 2020 and 2021, the number of employee jobs decreased among businesses depending on tourism, in sectors such as transport, information and communication, accommodation and food services, and culture and recreation.
On the other hand, the number of employee jobs increased more than average in real estate, health care and business services.
Gross annual wages up 22 percent
The average gross annual wage of workers in the Caribbean Netherlands increased by 22 percent between 2011 and 2021, to 27.3 thousand US dollars. Workers on Bonaire received the highest wages in 2021 in the financial services, energy, water and waste management, and education sectors. Residents with employee jobs in business services, accommodation and food services and agriculture were paid the least. On St Eustatius, workers in the transport, information and communication, and education sectors received the highest wages. Wages were lowest in accommodation and food services and wholesale and retail trade. On Saba, workers in education and in health care and welfare received the most wages. Residents with employee jobs in the accommodation and food services sector received the least pay for their work.
|Bedrijfstype||2021* (x 1,000 USD)||2011 (x 1,000 USD)|
|Mining and quarrying||37.37|
|Public administration and public services||24.43|
|SBI code unknown||17.78|
|Energy, water supply and waste management||41.65||39.08|
|Healthcare and welfare||28.7||21.82|
|Transport, information and communication||25.33||20.19|
|Culture, recreation, other services||22.44||17.19|
|Real estate renting and business activities||21.54||16.79|
|Wholesale and retail trade||18.9||17.27|
|Agriculture, forestry and fishing||17.94||11.81|
|Accommodation and food services||17.84||17.32|
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