Labour and social security

Labour and social security

Unemployment rising less rapidly in August

In August 2020, 426 thousand people were unemployed, equivalent to 4.6 percent of the labour force.

Unemployment still rising in July

In July 2020, unemployment stood at 419 thousand, equivalent to 4.5 percent of the labour force.

Economic contraction of 8.5 percent in Q2 2020

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), which is based on currently available data, gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 8.5 percent in Q2 2020 relative to Q1 2020.

Economic outlook less negative in mid-August

The economic situation according to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer has become less unfavourable in August.

ICT workers at home most often during coronavirus crisis

In Q2 2020, (partial) telecommuting was most prevalent among employees with ICT occupations.

Unemployment rises to 404 thousand in June

Unemployment in the Netherlands grew by 131 thousand over the previous three months, to 404 thousand in June. This is 4.3 percent of the labour force.

Economic situation deteriorating further in July

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has deteriorated further this month.

Economic contraction of 1.5 percent in Q1 2020

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 1.5 percent in Q1 2020 relative to Q4 2019.

Economy deeper in recession in June

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has still deteriorated rapidly this month. The economy has entered a stage of deep recession.

160 thousand fewer employed in April

In April, the number of people in paid employment fell by 160 thousand to 8.9 million. A decline of this magnitude within one month has not occurred since compilation of monthly figures started (2003).

Economy enters recession stage

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in mid-April is slightly less favourable than in the previous month.

Economic contraction of 1.7 percent in Q1 2020

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), which is based on currently available data, gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 1.7 percent in Q1 2020 relative to Q4 2019.

Gender pay gap still narrowing

In 2019, the wage gap between men and women narrowed further in the Netherlands. Women’s average gross hourly earnings were 14 percent lower than men’s.

Fewer employed in March

The percentage share of people aged 15 to 74 years in paid work dropped to 69.1 in March. This is the sharpest decline in six years.

Economic picture mid-April slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in mid-April is slightly less favourable than in the previous month.

8 thousand care workers commuting across the border

Almost 80 thousand workers in the Netherlands were cross-border commuters from Germany or Belgium in 2017, including 8 thousand working in the healthcare sector.

Economic picture mid-March virtually unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in March has hardly changed compared to the previous month.

GDP growth rate remains 0.4 percent in Q4 2019

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), gross domestic product (GDP) showed 0.4 percent growth in Q4 2019 relative to Q3 2019.

Unemployment rate further down to 2.9 percent in February

Between November 2019 and February 2020, the number of people in paid employment rose by 21 thousand per month on average, ending at 9.1 million in February.

Employee sickness absence increased further in 2019

Last year, absenteeism in the public and the private sector due to illness or injury rose to 4.4 percent.

More than half of Dutch people work full-time

In 2019, just over half of the Dutch working population had a working week of 35 hours or more. Approximately 8 percent worked more than 40 hours per week on average.

Unemployment rate down to 3.0 percent

Between November 2019 and January 2020, the number of people in paid employment grew by 21 thousand per month on average, ending at 9.1 million in January.

70 thousand unskilled young people are out of work

Of the 181 thousand young people aged 15 to 26 years who left education without a basic qualification, 70 thousand were out of work in 2019. Common reasons for not working include illness and disability.

GDP growth rate 0.4 percent in Q4 2019

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.4 percent in Q4 2019 relative to the previous quarter. Last year, GDP rose by 1.7 percent.

Economic picture less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in February is less favourable than in the previous month again.

People out of work feel less healthy than those in work

People in paid employment are generally healthier than people without a job. Of all employed persons, 90 percent rate their health as good or excellent.

Relatively few international knowledge workers in the Netherlands

From 2016 up to and including 2018, the Netherlands had 383 thousand international knowledge workers on average.

Over 9 million in work for the first time

Over the previous three months, the number of people in paid work rose by 17 thousand per month on average, exceeding 9 million persons for the first time in December 2019. Unemployment declined over by 7 thousand per month on average to reach 302 thousand in December.

Economic picture slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in January is slightly less favourable than in the previous month again.

Dutch young elderly relatively rich and active

In 2018, 13 percent of the Dutch population were between 55 and 65 years of age, similar to the EU average. These young elderly persons have relatively high incomes, attain high levels of workforce participation and are highly involved in volunteer work.

Unemployment decline halting, also in the EU

In both the Netherlands and the rest of the EU, unemployment has stopped declining in recent months.

Economic picture slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in December is slightly less favourable than in the previous month again.

GDP growth rate 0.4 percent in Q3 2019

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), gross domestic product (GDP) showed 0.4 percent growth in Q3 2019 relative to Q2 2019.

Unemployment virtually unchanged

Between September and November 2019, the number of people in paid employment grew by 12 thousand per month on average and stood at 9.0 million in November.

160 thousand more employed within a year

Between August and October 2019, the number of people in paid employment rose by 14 thousand per month on average, reaching a total of 9.0 million in October. In the same period, unemployment rose by an average of 3 thousand per month to 323 thousand

GDP growth rate 0.4 percent in Q3 2019

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.4 percent in Q3 2019 relative to the previous quarter.

Economic picture less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in November is less favourable than in the previous month again.

Female majority in one-third of high-level occupations

There are more female than male workers in over one-third of occupational groups at higher levels, especially in the sector care and welfare and in education. This is related to fields of study chosen by men and women.

Employment estimates using survey and register data

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Number of employed persons further up

Between July and September 2019, the number of people in paid employment grew by 8 thousand per month on average, reaching a total of nearly 9.0 million in September. In the same period, unemployment rose by an average of 3 thousand per month to 323 thousand.

Economic picture slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in October is less favourable than in the previous month again.

GDP growth rate 0.4 percent in Q2 2019

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), gross domestic product (GDP) showed 0.4 percent growth in Q2 2019 relative to Q1 2019.

Economic picture less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in September is less favourable than in the previous month.

Unemployment rate up to 3.5 percent

The number of unemployed has increased by 7 thousand per month on average over a period of three months, reaching a total number of 321 thousand in August 2019

More unemployment in July among 25 to 44-year-olds

In the period May through July 2019, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by 10 thousand per month on average. There were 9.0 million people in work in July.

Economic picture slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in August is slightly less favourable than in the previous month.

GDP growth rate 0.5 percent in Q2 2019

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.5 percent in Q2 2019 relative to the previous quarter.

Indian knowledge migration has doubled

In the period 2012-2017, immigration from India to the Netherlands more than doubled to over 8,600 annually. These are mainly knowledge migrants, with three-quarters employed in IT and information services.

Unemployment slightly up in June

In the period April through June 2019, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by 12 thousand per month on average. There were 9.0 million people in work in June.

Economic picture slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in June is slightly less favourable than in the previous month.

GDP growth rate remains 0.5 percent in Q1 2019

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), gross domestic product (GDP) showed 0.5 percent growth in Q1 2019 relative to Q4 2018.

Economic picture slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in June is slightly less favourable than in the previous month.

Number of employed persons further up

In the period March through May, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by 11 thousand per month on average. There were 8.9 million people in work in May.

Caribbean Netherlands workforce: 57% are Antillean

In 2018, 57 percent of the workforce in the Caribbean Netherlands (aged 15 to 74 years) were born in the former Dutch Antilles and Aruba.

Unemployment falls further to 300 thousand

In the period February through April 2019, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by 11 thousand per month on average. There were 8.9 million people in work in April.

Economic picture unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in May is the same as in the previous month.

GDP growth rate 0.5 percent in Q1 2019

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.5 percent in Q1 2019 relative to the previous quarter.

Fewer strike actions in 2018

In 2018, Dutch employees went on strike 28 times, against 32 times in the previous year. The number of working days lost was 67 thousand less than in 2017.

More Caribbean Dutch in employment in 2018

In 2018, the labour participation rate on the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands was higher than two years previously.

Unemployment below pre-crisis level for the first time

In the period December through February, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 13 thousand per month. The number of employed stood at more than 8.9 million at the end of February.

Economic situation slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in April again slightly less favourable compared to the previous month.

Nearly 180 thousand jobs filled by Polish workers

In 2017, over 838 thousand jobs in the Netherlands were filled by foreign workers. Polish workers constitute the largest group, occupying nearly 180 thousand jobs.

GDP growth rate remains 0.5 percent in Q4 2018

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), gross domestic product (GDP) showed 0.5 percent growth in Q4 2018 relative to Q3 2018.

Economic situation again less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in March is again slightly less favourable compared to the previous month.

5% of workers in Zuid-Limburg commute across the border

Of all regions in the Netherlands, Zuid-Limburg has the highest percentage of employees living in Germany or Belgium. In 2016, this was more than 5 percent.

Higher wages and work pressure at US companies

Employees of US multinationals earn higher median wages but also work more (overtime) hours and experience higher work pressure and more mental fatigue than other multinationals and non-multinationals.

More employed in February

In the period December through February, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 13 thousand per month. The number of employed stood at more than 8.9 million at the end of February.

Labour force on the Dutch Caribbean islands

Labour participation and labour force by sex, age and education level on the Dutch Caribbean islands

Labour participation up further in January

In the period November through January, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 18 thousand per month. The number of employed stood at nearly 8.9 million at the end of January. Labour participation increased further to 68.6 percent last month.

GDP growth rate 0.5 percent in Q4 2018

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.5 percent in Q4 2018 relative to the previous quarter.

Economic situation again less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation in February is again slightly less favourable compared to the previous month.

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Job wages on Bonaire averaged 2,050 USD in 2017

In 2017, average job wages on Bonaire amounted to 2,050 USD gross per month. On Saba and St Eustatius, this was 2,285 and 3,150 USD respectively.

Employment up further at end of 2018

Unemployment stood at 3.6 percent in December 2018, slightly higher than the previous month. In the previous 3 months, an average of 13 thousand employed were added each month. There were 329 thousand unemployed in December. UWV recorded 263 thousand current unemployment benefits at the end of December 2018.

Economic situation slightly less favourable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation is slightly less favourable in January compared to December.

GDP growth rate 0.2 percent in Q3 2018

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.2 percent in Q3 2018 relative to the previous quarter.

Economic situation virtually unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has remained virtually unchanged in December compared to the previous four months.

Unemployment below pre-crisis level

In November, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent of the Dutch labour force. This was slightly below the level just before the onset of the crisis at the end of 2008.

More jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency

In 2017, altogether 54 thousand full-time jobs in the Netherlands were associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency. This number was up from 35 thousand in 2008.

More flex workers with a migration background

People with a non-western migration background are less likely to be in paid work than those with a native Dutch background. Those who do have paid work relatively often have a flexible contract.

Fewer welfare children for the first time since 2009

At the end of 2017, nearly 7 procent of all minor children were living in families on income support, 228 thousand minors. This is nearly 3 thousand less than in 2016. In most of these families, a single mother is in charge.

Number of employed continues to rise

Between August and October 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 20 thousand per month. Total employment stood at more than 8.8 million in October. Unemployment declined by an average of 4 thousand per month to 337 thousand.

Economic situation remains unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has not changed in the past four months.

GDP growth rate slows down

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.2 percent in Q3 2018 relative to the previous quarter.

More work-related mental fatigue
Steadily rising share of women in highest-paying jobs

The share of women among the highest-paid employees in large organisations has seen a steady increase in recent years.

Nearly 80K employees from Belgium and Germany in 2016

Out of the 7.7 million employee jobs in the Netherlands as of December 2016, around 1 percent were filled by employees who were residents of either Belgium or Germany.

Unemployment down to 3.7 percent

Between July and September 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 22 thousand per month. Total employment stood at more than 8.8 million in September. Unemployment declined by an average of 4 thousand per month to 343 thousand.

Economic situation unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has not changed in October compared to the previous month.

GDP growth rate 0.8 percent in Q2 2018

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.8 percent growth in Q2 2018.

Economic situation unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has not changed in September compared to the previous month.

Employment rate virtually the same for six months

Between June and August 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 20 thousand per month. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that total employment reached 8.8 million in August, as indicated by the latest figures.

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Employment up in July, except youth employment

There were 348 thousand unemployed in July, equivalent to 3.8 percent of the labour force. The number of unemployed fell by an average of 2 thousand per month in May, June and July. UWV recorded 279 thousand current unemployment benefits at the end of July.

Economic situation virtually unchanged

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in August compared to the previous month.

GDP growth 0.7 percent in Q2 2018

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands GDP expanded by 0.7 percent in Q2 2018 relative to the previous quarter.

Unemployment at 3.9 percent for fourth month in a row

Between April and June 2018, the number of people aged 15 to 74 in paid employment grew by an average of 17 thousand per month. There were close to 8.8 million people in work in June. The unemployment rate in the Dutch labour force stood at 3.9 in June.

Economic situation hardly changes

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in July compared to the previous month.

Youth unemployment at all-time low this century

For eight months now, unemployment among youth has fallen below the lowest point before the economic crisis in 2008.

GDP growth rate 0.6 percent in Q1 2018

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.6 percent growth in Q1 2018.

Economic situation improves slightly

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved somewhat further in June.

More people in employment

The share of unemployed in the labour force declined by an average 5 thousand per month in the months of March, April and May 2018 to a total of 352 thousand. The unemployment rate (ILO definition) was 3.9 percent. 8.7 million people in the labour force were in paid work.

Employment continues to rise

Labour force, April 2018. The number of unemployment dropped by an average 8 thousand per month between Feb. and April to 355 thousand. The unemployment rate (ILO definition) stood at 3.9%; 8.7 million people were in paid work.

Economic situation improves slightly

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved slightly in May.

GDP growth rate 0.5 in Q1 2018

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.5 percent growth in Q1 2018.

Third of Polish workers still here after 5 years

In 2011, 63 thousand Poles migrated to the Netherlands to work here, 5 years 20 thousand had remained.

4% of youth not in employment, education or training

In 2017, 4 percent of young people in the Netherlands were neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET). This percentage is fairly stable and lower than in other EU countries.

Unemployment falls below 4 percent

The employed labour force increased in March 2018, unemployment declined. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent.

Economic situation improves slightly

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved slightly in April.

GDP growth rate remains 0.8 percent in Q4 2017

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.8 percent growth in Q4 2017.

Economic situation improves slightly

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in January.

Home working more popular mainly among women
Number of people in work rising again

The number of 15 to 74-year-olds in paid work was up in 2017 on 2016 at an average of 176 thousand.

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Unemployment continues to fall in January 2018

The number of 15 to 74-year-olds in paid work was on average 176 thousand up on 2016.

GDP growth rate 0.8 percent in Q4 2017

According to the first estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.8 percent growth in Q4 2017.

Economic situation improves slightly

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in January.

Over 100 thousand fewer unemployed in 2017

The employed labour force (15-74 yrs) increased by 176 thousand in 2017.

Economic situation fairly stable

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has hardly changed in January.

GDP growth rate remains 0.4 percent in Q3 2017

According to the second estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), GDP showed 0.4 percent growth in Q3 2017.

Economic situation improves slightly

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved slightly in December.

Foreign companies create nearly 1.4 million jobs

Foreign-owned multinationals and their suppliers created around 1.4 m full-time jobs in 2014.

Employment up again

Changes in employed and unemployed labour force, October 2017

Economic situation improves further

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved further in November.

Employment up again

Changes in employed and unemployed labour force, September 2017

Economic situation improves

According to the CBS Business Cycle Tracer, the economic situation has improved in October.

Economic situation hardly changes

The economic situation is more or less the same in September compared to one month previously.

Number of employed further up

In the months June - August, unemployment declined by an average 10 thousand persons to 426 thousand.

Unemployment down among non-western migrant group

In 2016 unemployment declined to 13.2 percent among the group non-western migrants.

Highest increase number of temp hours in over 10 years

The total number of temp hours increased by 4.2 percent, the highest increase since Q2 2007.

Employment growth continues

Employment grew in July. The number of people without work dropped.

Seven out of ten Caribbean Dutch in employment

In 2016, 6.7 percent of Bonaire's labour force were unemployed. On St Eustatius: 7.1 percent; on Saba 3.3 percent.

Unemployment falls below 5 percent

Unemployment declined to 4.9 percent of the labour force in June.

Most Syrian asylum seekers have housing

Many Syrians and Eritreans have a residence permit and housing, but most depend on social welfare.

More international tech graduates stay to work

In 2014, over 38% of all international technology graduates from 2007/’08 held a job in the Netherlands.

Economic situation fairly stable

The Dutch economic situation has hardly changes in June compared to May.

GDP growth rate 0.4 percent in Q1 2017

The gross domestic product (GDP) showed a 0.4 percent growth in Q1 2017.

Falling unemployment, mainly among youth

Unemployment declined by an average of 6 thousand per month over the previous three months.

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Unemployment continues to fall

Unemployment declined by an average of 8 thousand per month over the previous three months.

Fewer concerns over job retention among employees

Employees are increasingly less concerned about retaining their jobs; 24% in 2016 and as much as 34% in 2013.

Sustained decline unemployment

Unemployment declined by an average of 6 thousand a month over the past three months and stood at 463 thousand in March.

1 in 3 women with technical degrees work in engineering

Fewer young, highly educated people have completed technical studies compared to ten years ago.

Turnover by employment agencies grew in Q4 2016

Turnover generated by temp employment agencies grew by 3.5 percent in Q4 relative to the preceding quarter.

More Eastern Europeans working in the Netherlands

In 2014 en 2015, the Bulgarian and Romanian migrant population in the Netherlands increased.

Turnover and hours worked in temp jobs further up

Both turnover and hours worked in temp jobs increased in the third quarter of 2016.

Migration background still plays a role

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Unemployment continues downward trend

Unemployment declined by 13 thousand per month over the previous three months, ending at 502 thousand in October.

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Number of hours worked in temp jobs up again

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016.

Dutch use childcare more than other EU countries

Three-quarters of Dutch children below the age of 3 was in childcare in 2014, the highest share of all EU countries.

Unemployment down to 6 percent

The Netherlands had 541 thousand unemployed in July, equivalent to 6.0 percent of the labour force.

Most accidents occur in metal and construction

Metal and construction workers tend to be involved in work-related accidents more often than other occupational groups.

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94,000 Dutch participants in EU labour market project

In the Netherlands, 93,560 people took part in a labour market project subsidised by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Declining number of hours worked in temp jobs

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs decreased by 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016

Unemployment eased in March

The number of unemployed declined by an average of 5 thousand a month over the past three months

Most substantial increase in temp hours in five years

According to Statistics Netherlands, the total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 3.6 percent in Q4 2015 relative to Q3. This is the most substantial increase in five years.

Sustained decline unemployment

Unemployment fell over the past three months by an average of 14 thousand a month. In January 574 thousand people and 6.5 percent in the labour force were unemployed. Statistics Netherlands reports that the number of employed grew by an average of 6 thousand a month over the past three months.

Unemployment further down

In the fourth quarter of 2015 unemployment declined by an average of 7 thousand a month, whereas the downward trend stalled in August and September. In December 588 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed, i.e. 6.6 percent of the labour force. Statistics Netherlands reports that the number of employed rose marginally over the past quarter by an average of 3 thousand a month.

Largest occupational group on each island of the Caribbean Netherlands are construction workers

In 2014, the largest occupational group in the Caribbean Netherlands were construction workers including bricklayers, pavers and carpenters. Nearly 12 percent of the 13 thousand people working in the three special municipalities formed part of this occupational group.

Number of hours worked in temp jobs increased further

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 2.5 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter of 2015. This increase is somewhat smaller than in the preceding quarter. The amount of hours worked in temp jobs has increased for two and a half years now.

Unemployment rate up

Over the past three months, more people in the Netherlands who were not actively looking on the labour market have begun seeking employment, but often without success. The number of people in the Dutch labour force remained practically the same. As a result, the number of unemployed increased by 4,000 on average over the past three months. In October, 6.9 percent of the labour force were unemployed. At 616 thousand, the number is still below that of last January, when unemployment started declining.

Germany's labour market in better shape compared to its western neighbours

In comparison with the Netherlands and Belgium, Germany’s labour market has seen a particularly positive development over the past decade. In September 2015, unemployment stood at 4.5 percent in Germany, 6.8 percent in the Netherlands and 8.7 percent in Belgium. Among the three countries, only Germany saw a fairly constant downward trend in unemployment as of 2005.

Fewer men economically independent

Economic independence among men has deteriorated during the recession, but remained at the same level among women. In 2014 more than 65 percent of employed 15 to 64-year-olds had an income at social security level or higher versus nearly half of employed women.

No further reduction unemployment

Early this year, the number of unemployed started to fall, but in the past three months the decline has come to a standstill. In September, 607 thousand people or 6.8 percent in the labour force were unemployed, i.e. the same as in July and August.

Decline in unemployment sharpest for 25 to 44 year-olds

Over the past three months, unemployment among people aged 25 to 44 has declined faster than among people aged 45 and up. In August, a total of 604 thousand people were unemployed, 13 thousand fewer than three months earlier. Unemployment figures in August were nearly identical to July and were equivalent to 6.8 percent of the labour force.

Purchasing power up after four years of decline

After four years of decline, the purchasing power of the Dutch population improved by 1.5 percent in 2014. All population groups saw their spending power rise in a period of slow economic recovery. Employees benefited the most with an increase of 2.7 percent.

Sharpest increase in temp hours in almost five years

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 3.2 percent in the second quarter on the first quarter of 2015. According to Statistics Netherlands, this is the most substantial increase in almost five years.

Sustained decline unemployment

Unemployment fell to 603 thousand in July. Over the past three months, unemployment declined by 22 thousand. The number of working people increased by 14 thousand in this period. The employed labour force currently includes 8.3 million people. The most recent figures show thatt 6.8 percent of the Dutch labour force were unemployed in July.

More women employed

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of working women has risen more rapidly over the past decade than the number of working men. In the second quarter of 2015, the employed labour force included more than 3.8 million women, versus 3.4 million in 2005. The male employed labour force included 4.5 million individuals, as against 4.4 million ten years ago.

Short-term unemployment further down

In the second quarter, 322 thousand people were out of work for less than one year, i.e. 81 thousand fewer than in the same quarter in 2014. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the number of long-term unemployed has increased by 21 thousand compared to one year ago.

Part-timers often financially vulnerable

Among employed 20 to 64-year-old men, 13 percent were living on paid incomes below the social security level. Employed women are twice as often not able to fend for themselves; they are financially vulnerable. Financially vulnerable persons are often employed on a part-time basis.

European support for helping young unemployed people find work

Over 145 young unemployed people in the Netherlands have improved their opportunities on the job market with financial support from Europe since 2009. Until 2014 over half of the participants in ESF programs found a job right after.

fewer young people in the Caribbean Netherlands than in the Netherlands have a side job

Around three in ten young people in the Caribbean Netherlands are employed. It is more difficult for young inhabitants on the islands than those who live in the European part of the Netherlands to combine education with a side job. Half of young people on Bonaire and St Eustatius are not looking for a job and not available to start work.

Labour force in Caribbean Netherlands: relatively more people in work

The labour force in the Caribbean differs from that in the Netherlands in a number of respects: relatively more people in the Caribbean (15- 74 years) are employed, and relatively more of them work full-time.

Residents St Eustatius enjoy highest incomes in Caribbean Netherlands

On Bonaire, the median disposable household income was 21.1 thousand dollars, on Saba 20 thousand dollars and on St Eustatius 23.3 thousand dollars. Incomes ranged from 6 thousand dollars for the lowest income brackets on all islands to approximately 60 thousand dollars for the highest income groups on St Eustatius. On Bonaire and Saba, the median disposable household income of the 25 percent richest households was 52 thousand and 48 thousand dollars respectively.

further increase in hours worked in temp jobs

The total number of hours worked in temp jobs increased was 1.1 percent higher in the first quarter of 2015 than in the fourth quarter of 2014. According to Statistics Netherlands, the total number of hours worked has been increasing for two years now

Marginal increase employed, fewer people unemployed

The number of employed people increased by an average of 2 thousand a month in the period February-April. Employment rose noticeably among young people and over-45s. In the same period, the labour force declined by an average of 5 thousand a month. As a result, unemployment fell by 7 thousand a month. The unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.0 percent, versus 7.2 percent three months previously.

Lack of important new skills or know-how among nearly a quarter of Dutch employees

Lack of important new skills or know-how among nearly a quarter of Dutch employees In 2014 some 23 percent of all Dutch employees lacked new skills and know-how they needed to perform well in their work, including technological and organisational skills and know-how. Employees who indicated this were less satisfied, they are ill more often and they suffer more often from burn-out complaints.

Labour market recovery continues more slowly

The recovery of the Dutch labour market continued in the first quarter of 2015 albeit somewhat slower. There was a job increase of 6 thousand, reaching 9.8 million, plus another 40 thousand jobs in the last quarter of 2014. Unemployment was down by 2 thousand on the previous quarter, reaching 635 thousand, or 7.1 percent of the employed labour force. Young people in particular found work. Long-term unemployment increased slightly among the over 45s according to the figures released by Statistics Netherlands today.

Few strike days in 2014

There were 25 strike actions in the Netherlands last year; 10 thousand employees were involved and altogether 41 thousand working days were lost. The number of labour disputes last year was just above the average annual level of 21 over the twenty-first century so far. The number of employees participating in strikes was relatively low in 2014. An average of 33 thousand employees have annually downed tools since 2000.

Intramunicipal emigration possible in Limburg

Is it possible to move to a house across the street and emigrate at the same time? Yes, it is possible: in the province of Limburg in the southeast of the Netherlands in the cross-border municipality Eurode that comprises Dutch Kerkrade and German Herzogenrath. Many Dutch people who emigrate to Herzogenrath come from Kerkrade.

80 thousand workers live in Belgium and Germany

According to a study by Statistics Netherlands published this week, around 80 thousand people who work in the Netherlands travel from Belgium and Germany to do so. The main places of work are Maastricht, Enschede, Venlo, Sittard-Geleen and Eindhoven.

More people find employment, in particular young people

The number of people who found jobs during the past three months has grown by an average of 6 thousand a month. Most of them are young.

75 thousand young people at a great distance from the labour market

Four in ten unemployed young people in the Netherlands in the age category 15-26 who are not attending education or training programmes, are not looking for work and are not immediately available for the labour market (75 thousand individuals). The main reasons are disability and illness.

Sickness absence rate dips to lowest level since 1996

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands has fallen to 3.8 percent in 2014, the lowest rate since 1996.

Unemployment down due to contraction of the labour force

As fewer people actively engaged on the labour market in February, unemployment declined. The number of employed was about the same as in January.

Full-time working mothers as often employed at managerial level as full-time working fathers

Statistics Netherlands announced today that nearly four in every hundred working women held management positions in 2014, versus nine in every hundred working men. This is partly due to the fact that most women have part-time jobs, especially when their children are young.

More social security claimants in 2014, but share young claimants stable

The number of social security claimants increased further by 22 thousand in 2014, versus an increase by 32 thousand in 2013. The share of young claimants has not changed. Statistics Netherlands announced today that, at the end of last year, 435 thousand people in the Netherlands were receiving social security.

higher child care costs have not reduced labour participation of parents

The Dutch government cut back on child care allowances in the period 2009-2013.  The subsequent higher child care costs have resulted in young children spending fewer hours in formal child care. In spite of this, the participation of their parents on the labour market has not changed in comparison with parents of older children.Key words: working hours, working mothers, child care.

More than half of employees are 65 years or older at retirement

The average age for employees to go into retirement has risen further to 64.1 years in 2014. The number of 55 to 65-year-olds going into retirement is declining rapidly. Because the population is ageing, the total retired population has grown to 3.1 million.

One in three disabled hold paid jobs

In 2013, 14 percent of all 15 to 64-year-olds in the Netherlands – nearly 1.6 million people – had a disability. They suffer from chronic diseases, disorders or disabilities restricting their capacity to work or find work. One third of disabled held paid jobs of at least twelve hours a week. They often had permanent employment contracts and relatively often were working on a part-time basis. One in ten disabled people with paid jobs would like to work longer hours.

More two-income couples with one full-time job and one large part-time job

More and more women, in particular the youngest generations, participate on the labour market. As a result of this development, the distribution of working hours between partners has also changed. The most frequent combination today is for one partner to have a full-time job and for the other partner to have a large part-time job

Marginal increase workers from Bulgaria and Romania

Since 1 January 2014, people from Bulgaria and Romania no longer need a work permit if they want to work in the Netherlands. As a result, the number of Bulgarian and Romanian job-seekers coming to the Netherlands has grown by several thousands. According to Statistics Netherlands, their numbers are relatively low compared to the amount of job-seekers annually arriving from Poland.

More people unemployed in December

According to figures today, the number of unemployed people rose by 12 thousand to 642 thousand.

increasing life expectancy to push up pension age further from 2022

Under the coalition agreement of the present Dutch cabinet, from 2022 onwards the entitlement age for state old-age pension will be linked to the increase in life expectancy.

Unemployment almost unchanged

According to figures released today, 630 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed in November.

female labour participation stabilising following years of increase

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, participation of Dutch women on the labour market rose substantially in the period 1998-2013. At the end of 2013, however, it fell slightly, and in the first three quarters of 2014 it hardly changed at all.

private sector opinions on job vacancies unchanged

Dutch private businesses’ views about job market developments remained unchanged in November compared to October and September. In July and August the mood was about the same.

Number of social security claimants stable

The number of social security claimants has not grown further during the third quarter of 2014; at the end of September, 430 thousand people received social security benefits.

Most substantial increase temp hours since 2010

The total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 2.5 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter, the most substantial increase in four years.

Bulk of sickness absence not work-related
Unemployment stable in October

The number of unemployed hardly changed in October. In the period May-September, unemployment declined each month.

unemployment statistics better and cheaper

Lower costs, more respondents, better international comparability and web surveys.

more second-job holders

Statistics Netherlands announced today that last year 467 thousand employees had two jobs. The share of second-job holders has risen to 7.6 percent of all employees.

slightly more jobs and vacancies in third quarter

According to the labour market review, the cautious recovery of the labour market continued in the third quarter of 2014.

More difficult for young unemployed to find work

Statistics Netherlands announced today that nearly 100 thousand young people in the 15-26 age bracket, who no longer participated in education or training programmes were unemployed in the first quarter of 2014. Three months later, three in every ten of them had found a job for at least 12 hours a week. During the past decade, the proportion of young people out of education who found work within a short period of time has never been so low.

Are older employees more stress resistant and younger employees more versed in technology?

Statistics Netherlands announced today that older employees are generally believed to be more stress resistant, while younger employees appear to be more versed in adopting new technologies. Opinions about younger and older employees are strongly affected by the age of the observer.

Fewer social security claimants find work

The proportion of social security claimants who found a new job declined further last year. Since the start of the survey in 2007, the proportion has never been so low.

Randstad region and central part of the Netherlands attract many job seekers

In 2013, nearly 850 thousand people were less than one year active in their current job. Nearly a quarter of a million of these people were working outside their region of residence.

Unemployment further down in September

Unemployment has fallen for the fifth consecutive month in September.

Employment rising in sustainable energy sector

Just over 45 thousand people (in full-time equivalents) were employed in the Dutch sustainable energy sector in 2013. This is 24 percent more than in 2008. In the remainder of the economy employment fell in this period (-3 percent). The sustainable energy sector also accounted for a larger part of the Dutch economy.

Private sector more sombre about job vacancies

The mood of the Dutch private sector concerning developments on the job market has deteriorated in the past few months. In September, pessimists just constituted the majority, after five months of cautious optimism.

One in nine employed work less than twelve hours a week

In the second quarter of 2014, nearly 900 thousand people (11 percent of all persons employed in the Netherlands) were working less than twelve hours a week. Three-quarters do not wish or are unable to work more than twelve hours a week, mainly because they attend some form of education or (vocational) training programme.

Ageing population pushes up spending on state pensions

According to figures published by Statistics Netherlands today, spending on state old-age pensions has risen by nearly a quarter since 2008, to 32.7 billion euros in 2013. By the end of 2013, over 3.2 million people in the Netherlands were receiving a state old-age pension. One in ten of them live outside the Netherlands.

Unemployment down again in August

The number of unemployed people in the Netherlands fell for the fourth month in a row. More people have found a job in recent months. Unemployment fell by 13 thousand persons in August, to 8 percent of the labour force. Under-45s accounted for nearly all of the decrease in unemployment.

Private sector more sombre about job vacancies

The mood of the Dutch private sector concerning developments on the job market has deteriorated in the past few months. In August, optimists and pessimists balanced each other out, after four months of cautious optimism.

Cautious recovery labour market in second quarter

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the Dutch labour market showed signs of recovery in the second quarter of 2014.

Further increase hours worked in temp jobs

Adjusted for seasonal variation, the total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 0.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 relative to the preceding quarter.

Growing number of people rely on social security

The number of social security claimants has risen by 8 thousand to 434 thousand in the second quarter of 2014.

Unemployment further down in July

Unemployment has fallen for the third month in a row. More people recently found work.

Job vacancies continue slight growth

Number of job vacancies rose slightly in the second quarter of 2014: there were 4 thousand more vacancies than in the previous quarter. This is the fourth quarter in a row that the number of vacancies has risen.

Private sector cautiously optimistic about job vacancies in July

The Dutch private sector is cautiously optimistic about developments on the job market. The vacancy-indicator was +0.02 in July 2014, versus +0.05 in June.

One in 15 employees involved in work-related accidents
Number of job vacancies continues to grow

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector, based on the opinions of Dutch entrepreneurs. In June, the indicator improved further. The mood was positive for the third month running.

Statistics Netherlands opts for international definitions of unemployment and inflation

Statistics Netherlands will use the definition of the International Labour Organisation as its main indicator of unemployment as of 2015 and the international Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for the inflation rate.

Sickness absence rate for older employees without chronic disorders about  the same as for younger employees

Due to chronic disorders, older employees are more often absent from work than their younger counterparts. Older employees more often suffer from disorders related to high sickness absence rates, e.g. cardiovascular diseases and back, back of the neck and joint problems. Among employees without chronic disorders, the sickness absence rates vary little by age category.

Unemployment down

In March, the number of unemployed also declined, but this was caused by the fact that people withdrew from the labour market.

More older employees on permanent contracts

Between 2001 and 2013, the share of employees in the employed labour force was reduced from 88 to 85 percent, but the share increased among over-55s

Further rise in job vacancies

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. For the first time in three years, the indicator was positive in April. In May, the indicator improved further.

Number of social security recipients continues to grow

Statistics Netherlands announced today that the number of social security recipients rose by 13 thousand to 426 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. Despite indications that the economy is picking up steam, this is not borne out by the number of social security recipients. They are usually more distant from the labour market and it appears to be more difficult for them to find jobs than, for example, for people who receive unemployment benefits.

Further increase hours worked in temp jobs

Adjusted for seasonal variation, the total amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased by 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 relative to the preceding quarter. The number of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fourth consecutive quarter.

More than 40 thousand Dutch cross-border workers

summary: Last year, 0.8 percent of all people employed in the European Union (EU) were living in one EU country and working in another. The proportion of cross-border workers from the Netherlands was below the EU average. More than 40 thousand people living in the Netherlands were working abroad.

Number of job vacancies continues to rise

The number of job vacancies rose by 7 thousand in the first quarter of 2014. At the end of the first quarter of 2014 there were more job vacancies in nearly all industry sectors. This is now the third quarter in a row that vacancies have risen, Statistics Netherlands announced today.

Unemployment rise slows down as young people leave labour market

Statistics Netherlands announced today that unemployment rose by 3 thousand people in April. This has slowed down the rise in unemployment at the beginning of the year. It is not the result of more jobs becoming available though, but mainly because young people have been withdrawing from the labour market.

Employees feel less autonomous

According to the Netherlands Working Conditions Survey 2013, conducted by TNO and Statistics Netherlands, the percentage of employees in the Netherlands who say they can organise their own work has decreased in recent years. Short-tenure workers, in particular, feel less autonomous.

More young people earn minimum wage

The number of minimum wage jobs has risen marginally over the period 2008-2012. The increase mainly occurred among 20 to 30-year-olds.

Unemployment down, but fewer people employed

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), unemployment fell by 7 thousand in March. The decline was largely due to the fact that many people withdrew from the labour market, not because more people managed to find paid jobs. The number of people with paid jobs was reduced further in March.

Exports account for one third of employment

In 2012, exports of goods and services generated the equivalent of 2.2 million full-time jobs in the Netherlands. This accounts for one third of total employment in the country.

Job vacancies rise slightly

The vacancy indicator improved further in March and reached the highest level in nearly three years. The mood lifted across the board.

Sickness absence at lowest level since 1996

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was reduced to 3.9 percent in 2013, i.e. at any one time 39 in every one thousand employees were absent due to sickness. The rate reached the lowest level since the current sickness absence survey was started up in 1996.

Employment marginally down

The number of employee jobs declined by 4 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2013 relative to the third quarter. In the preceding quarters, the decline was much more substantial.

Unemployment continues to rise

Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that, after adjustment for seasonal effects, unemployment in the Netherlands was 13 thousand higher in February than in January 2014

More people think their chances of finding employment are very poor

Last year, 70 thousand people, nearly twice as many as in 2008, thought their chances of finding employment was so low that they have stopped looking for work altogether. Especially among 55 to 65-year-olds pessimism prevailed.

Women aged between 25 and 30 have higher hourly wages than men

The gross-wage gender gap was nearly 18 percent in 2012 which means that, on average, for each euro men earned, women earned 0.82 eurocents. Women in the age category 25-30 earned higher hourly wages than their male counterparts, but over the age of 40 women’s average hourly wages were significantly lower.

Job vacancies rise slightly

The vacancy indicator improved further in February and reached the highest level in nearly three years.

Substantial growth social security recipients

At the end of December last year, 413 thousand persons received social security benefits, i.e. 10 thousand more than in the third quarter. Over the entire year 2013, the number of social security recipients not yet eligible for old age pension (AOW) grew by 33 thousand, as the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands show.

Further increase hours worked in temp jobs

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1.6 percent up from the preceding quarter. In the third quarter, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs grew for the first time after two years of almost continuous decline.

Flevoland has highest unemployment rate

Unemployment has risen across all Dutch provinces last year. Flevoland, Groningen and Friesland had the highest unemployment rates.

Unemployment further up

The most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands show that unemployment increased by 10 thousand in January 2014 to reach 678 thousand, i.e. 8.6 percent in the labour force. The figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.

Fewer children in day care centres

In 2013, the number of children attending day care centres has fallen for the second year in a row. On 31 December 2011, 322 thousand 0 to 3-year-old children attended day care centres versus 284 thousand at the end of 2013.

Job vacancies rise slightly

According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands today, there were 97 thousand job vacancies in the Netherlands at the end of December 2013. The figure has been corrected for seasonal effects

Labour participation rate down in 2013

In 2013, nearly 7.3 million Dutch nationals aged 15-64 had paid jobs for twelve hours a week or more, a decline by more than 100 thousand relative to 2012. The net labour participation rate was 66.1 percent versus 67.2 percent in 2012.

Nearly 150 thousand couples working with the same employer

On 14 February 2012, 296 thousand employees were working in the same company as their partners, so 148 thousand couples had the same employer, i.e. 4 percent of all employees in the Netherlands.

Tjin-A-Tsoi new Director General  of Statistics Netherlands

On Friday 24 January 2014 the Cabinet has adopted the proposal by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Kamp, and the Central Commission for Statistics to appoint Dr. T.B.P.M. (Tjark) Tjin-A-Tsoi as Director General of Statistics Netherlands as of 1 April 2014.

Unemployment up

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 15 thousand in December 2013 to reach 668 thousand, i.e. 8.5 percent of the employed labour force.

Average retirement age employees further up to nearly 64 years

The average age for employees to go into retirement rose further in 2013 to 63.9 years, i.e. 0.3 years higher than in 2012.

Slightly more job vacancies

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved further in December.

More and more short-term unemployment benefits

The number of unemployment (WW) benefits has risen in recent years to over 400 thousand by the end of September 2013. Inflow and outflow are increasing. The amount of short-term WW benefits has grown dramatically.

Far fewer jobs

Taking seasonal effects into account, there were 47 thousand fewer jobs (0.6 percent) in the third than in the second quarter of 2013.

Unemployment down

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), seasonally adjusted unemployment was reduced by 21 thousand to 653 thousand in November 2013, i.e. 8.2 percent in the labour force.

Substantial increase unemployment among lower-skilled technicians and construction workers

Between 2008 and 2012, unemployment rose faster among lower educated people than among secondary and high educated people. The unemployment increase was most obvious among lower-skilled technicians and construction workers.

Slightly more job vacancies

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved further in November, but pessimism still prevails among private entrepreneurs.

Fewer participants in work reintegration schemes

The number of people taking part in work reintegration schemes in the Netherlands fell by nearly 28 thousand between 2010 and 2012. Fewer young people, in particular, were offered a place under a municipal work reintegration programmes.

More than half a million people have two jobs

Last year, the number of second job holders included in the employed labour force has risen marginally to 544 thousand. On average, people holding two jobs work two hours more each week than those with one job.

Number of social security recipients stable

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 402 thousand people under AOW (old age pension) entitlement age received social security benefits by the end of September, i.e. as many as in the second quarter.

Marginal increase hours worked in temp jobs

In the third quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 0.5 percent up from the sector quarter. The modest increase follows five consecutive quarters of decline.

Pleasant workplace atmosphere important

Nearly all employees indicated in 2012 that a pleasant workplace atmosphere is important to them. For three quarters of employees a pleasant workplace atmosphere is essential. Nearly all employees consider competent management, job security, interesting work and a good salary to be important aspects of their job.

Share of teleworking employees growing

Over the past years, the share of employees working from home has risen to nearly one in three in 2012. Half of employees could take leave whenever they wanted and more than one in five could set their own working hours on a regular basis.

Slightly more job vacancies

There were 94 thousand unfilled vacancies by the end of September 2013, up 3 thousand on the previous quarter.

More than half of couples with young children one-and-a-half-income earners

Last year, in 54 percent of couples with young children one partner was working on a full-time basis and the other partner on a part-time basis. This was also the case in 2008.

Trade union membership further down

By the end of March 2013, there were nearly 1.8 million trade union members in the Netherlands, a reduction by 52 thousand relative to one year previously.

More young people with a flexible employment contract

In 2012, 627 thousand young people were no longer studying but working. About 40 percent had a flexible employment contract. In 2002 this was 24 percent.

Disability benefits down by 175 thousand in the space of ten years

At the end of June 2013, 818 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming a disability benefit, 175 thousand fewer than at the end of December 2002, when the record number of claimants was recorded.

Crisis tax puts more than 600 million euros in government coffers

The Dutch government has received just over 628 million euros in revenues from the 2012 crisis tax. This extra charge is imposed on wages above 150 thousand euros. More than half of the amount received came from wages paid in the financial and business services sector.

Marginal unemployment growth

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment grew by 2 thousand in September to reach 685 thousand, i.e. 8.6 percent of the labour force.

Medical professionals ageing

The share of over-55s among medical professionals is higher than among other professionals employed in the care sector. Since the beginning of the 21st century, ageing in the care sector is above the average level in other sectors.

Collectively negotiated wage 1.2 percent up in third quarter

In the third quarter of 2013, collectively negotiated wages were raised by 1.2 percent relative to the third quarter last year. The increase is smaller than in the previous quarters and also well below the level of inflation of 2.8 percent.

Further decline in job vacancies

There were 91 thousand job vacancies at the end of June 2013, the lowest level in nearly ten years. The number of job vacancies decreased by 6 thousand relative to the end of March.

Fewer social security recipients find employment

At the end of 2011, 367 thousand people in the Netherlands received social security benefits. More than 28 thousand, i.e. less than 8 percent, found jobs in 2012.

Number of jobs continues to fall

The number of jobs of employees was 137 thousand lower in the second quarter of 2013 than in the same period of 2012, a reduction by 1.7 percent.

Unemployment down in August

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment fell to 683 thousand in August, i.e. 8.6 percent of the labour force.

Two thirds unemployed because jobs were axed or temporary contract expired

In the second quarter of 2013, the employed labour force was reduced by more than 150 thousand relative to the first quarter. For two thirds the main reason for unemployment was that their jobs were axed or their temporary contract expired.

Further decline in job vacancies

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved in August.

400 thousand people on social security

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 400 thousand people who had not yet reached old age pension (AOW) entitlement age were living on social security by the end of June, i.e. 6 thousand more than in the first quarter.

Further decline hours worked in stage A temp jobs

In the second quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1.6 percent down from the first quarter. The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs declined for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Number of vacancies further down

Adjusted for seasonal variation, there were 91 thousand unfilled vacancies at the end of June, a reduction by 6 thousand relative to the first quarter, which means that the downward trend continues.

Unemployment continues to grow

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation grew by 19 thousand in July to reach 694 thousand.

Nearly half a million employed annually involved in industrial accidents

Last year, 478 thousand people (7 percent of all employed) were involved in workplace accidents resulting in physical injuries or mental damage. Most accidents occur in the sectors hotels and restaurants and construction.

Unemployment further up

According to the latest figures published by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment grew by 16 thousand in June 2013 to reach 675 thousand.

Highly-educated young men more often unemployed than their female counterparts

Unemployment among highly-educated 25 to 35-year-old men has increased significantly after 2009. Last year, more than 6 percent of them were unemployed. The rate was nearly twice as high as among highly-educated young women.

Again fewer job vacancies

The vacancy indicator improved somewhat more in June, after marginal improvements in April and May.

Unemployment high among flexible workers

In the first quarter of this year, 143 thousand persons who were still employed in the fourth quarter of 2012, lost their jobs. In particular people participating in flexible working hours schemes lost their jobs.

Unemployment rises further in May

Unemployment in the Netherlands rose by 9 thousand in May, to 659 thousand persons.

More than half of employees commute to work

At the end of 2011, nearly 56 percent of employees did not work in their municipality of residence. Larger cities in particular attract many commuters. Half of the busiest commuter roads lead to Amsterdam.

Number of job vacancies down again

There were 97 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2013. The number of job vacancies has declined gradually over the past two years, mostly due to a reduced demand for staff in the private sector.

Continuous decline in amount of hours worked in temp jobs

In the first quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 1.5 percent down on the fourth quarter of 2012. The number of hours worked in temp jobs declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Sharp growth number of social security recipients

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, 390 thousand under-65s received social security benefits at the end of March, i.e. an increase by 11 thousand relative to the preceding quarter.

Reduction older WW benefit recipients

At the end of December last year, 340 thousand unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, i.e. more than one and a half time as many as five years ago. The number of male recipients grew notably. Partly because the maximum benefit entitlement period was reduced, the share of 55 to 65-year-old recipients dropped to 25 percent.

'New' self-employed without employees want a challenge and flexible working hours

The main reason consultants, IT experts, builders and other self-employed persons without employees that offer their own labour or services give for becoming self-employed is that they wanted a challenge. Many of these also-called ‘new’ self-employed also want to set their own working hours.

Many strike days in 2012

Last year, 219 thousand working days were lost in the Netherlands, the highest number since 2002.

Fewer AOW benefits in January due to legislation change

At the end of January 2013, more than 3.1 million old age pensions were paid, i.e. nearly 12 thousand down from December 2012. On 1 January 2013, the AOW entitlement age was raised by one month.

Dutch labour market dynamics

The share of workers with a flexible employment contract has risen from 12 percent (2001) to 16 percent (2012) of the Dutch employed labour force.

Unemployment further up

Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 7 thousand in April 2013 to reach 650 thousand.

Amount of unfilled job vacancies marginally down

There were 97 thousand unfilled job vacancies by the end of March, i.e. 5 thousand down from the previous quarter.

Unemployment in the Netherlands higher than in Germany

According to the international definition, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 6.4 percent in March, i.e. above the German rate of 5.4 percent.

Unemployment rises to over 8 percent

According to figures released today by Statistics Netherlands, seasonally adjusted unemployment in the Netherlands rose by 30 thousand in March, to 643 thousand people.Figures published by UWV – the organisation responsible for implementing unemployment benefits - show that the number of unemployment benefit claimants rose by 3 thousand to 380 thousand in March.

Average age labour force more than 5 years up within two decades

The average age in the employed labour force has risen further to 41.4 years in 2012, i.e. more than five years higher than in 1990. Employees are on average younger than self-employed, but they age faster.

Collectively negotiated wage increase highest since the end of 2009

In the first quarter of this year, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages increased by 1.8 percent. The wage increase is the highest since the end of 2009, but is still far below the level of inflation.

Higher bonuses for employees in 2011

The average bonus of employees has risen by 5 percent in 2011. On average, the highest bonuses were paid in the sectors mineral extraction and financial services.

Number of job vacancies further down

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the further trend in job vacancies. The indicator was about the same in March as in February and was also fairly stable in the preceding months.

Sustained job losses

The number of jobs of employees was 89 thousand (1.1 percent) lower in the fourth quarter of 2012 than twelve months previously. In the first three quarters of 2012, too, the number of jobs was lower than one year previously. The number of jobs lost grew in the course of the year.

Rapid unemployment growth continues in February

The most recent figures show that unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation grew by 21 thousand in February to 613 thousand

More older people active on the labour market

The share of working 60 to 65-year-olds more than doubled over the past decade and growth continued in 2012.

145 thousand employees earn 100 thousand euros or more

In 2011, the annual wage of employees per job averaged 31 thousand euros; 145 thousand employees in the Netherlands annually earned 100 thousand euros or more in 2011.

Unemployment highest in Flevoland

Unemployment increased across all Dutch provinces last year. The highest rates were recorded in Flevoland, South Holland and Groningen.

Number of job vacancies further down

There were 101 thousand job vacancies at the end of December 2012, i.e. 7 thousand fewer than at the end of September.

Number of income support benefits continues to grow

According to the most recent figures 325 thousand income support benefits were granted to people under the age of 65 by the end of December last year, i.e. an increase by 9 thousand relative to one year previously.

Further decline in amount of hours worked in temp jobs

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 1 percent down on the third quarter. The number of hours worked in temp jobs also declined in the two preceding months.

Sharp increase unemployment

According to the latest figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 21 thousand in January to 592 thousand.

Marginal increase single parents on income support

After years of decline, the number of single parents dependent on income support has risen since 2008. The increase predominantly occurred among single parents with a non-western background.

Number of open job vacancies down

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 101 thousand job vacancies were unfilled by the end of last year, i.e. a decrease by 7 thousand relative to the previous quarter.

Sustained job losses

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the number of jobs of employees declined by 93 thousand (1.2 percent) relative to the fourth quarter of 2011. In the first three quarters of 2012, the number of jobs was also down on a one year previously. The number of lost jobs has grown in the course of the year.

More unemployed among people with non-western background in 2012

Last year, 128 thousand people with a non-western background and 315 thousand native Dutch people were unemployed. Unemployment has risen further in 2012.

Notable increase WW benefits in Randstad region

The share of unemployment (WW) and income support benefit recipients has grown during the past half decade. The number of WW recipients has risen by 77 percent. The increase was relatively large in the Randstad region. With an increase of 20 percent over the period 2008–2012, the number of income support benefits rose less rapidly. Unlike WW benefits, the increase in income support benefits predominantly occurred outside the Randstad region

Pupils and students often work as shop assistant or the in catering industry

Shop assistant, shelf stacker and waitress are the most popular jobs among pupils and students. Boys most often work as shelf stackers in supermarkets, shop assistant is the most popular job among girls.

One in ten AOW benefits granted to people living abroad

Part of Dutch social benefits are paid to people living outside the Netherlands; 10 percent of all AOW benefits are paid to people living abroad.

More male part-timers

The number of male part-timers is growing. Early 2001, 12 percent of men were working on a part-time basis, versus 17 percent in the third quarter of 2012.

Unemployment continues to grow

The most recent figures show that unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation has risen by 19 thousand in December to reach 571 thousand.

Over 40 percent of employees 65 years or older at retirement

The average age at which employees go into retirement has risen further in 2012 to 63.6 years, i.e. an increase by six months relative to 2011.

Collectively negotiated wages 1.6 percent up in 2012

Collectively negotiated wages rose by 1.6 percent last year, i.e. 0.5 percentage points more than in 2011. The inflation rate over 2012 was 2.5 percent and has been above the increase in collectively agreed wages for the past thirty months.

Employment further down

In the third quarter of 2012, 82 thousand jobs of employees were lost relative to the third quarter of 2011, i.e. a decline by 1.0 percent.

Unemployment rate climbs to 7 percent

According to the most recent figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 16 thousand in November 2012 to reach 552 thousand, i.e. 7 percent of the labour force.

More working mothers with young children

Over the past decade, more mothers with young children have become active on the job market. Three quarters of mothers with young children were employed or actively seeking work in the third quarter of 2012.

Fewer employees with permanent contract

The composition of the employed labour force in the Netherlands has changed in the last ten years. It now comprises fewer employees with a permanent position, but more with flexible contracts and self-employed people.

Slightly more income support benefits

320 thousand income support benefits were being paid to people up to the age of 65 years at the end of September 2012. This is one thousand more than in the previous quarter, and 6 thousand more than in September 2011.

Fewer hours worked for temp job agencies

In the third quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 4 percent down on the preceding quarter. The number of temp hours worked in temp jobs had decreased slightly in the second quarter.

Burn-out complaints when pressure is high and social support low

More than 1 in 8 employees had burn-out complaints in 2011. These complaints are relatively common among employees who work under pressure and employees who have little social support from colleagues and management.

Unemployed people over 45 have trouble finding a new job

173 thousand of the 512 thousand people who were unemployed in the third quarter of 2012 were over 45 years old. Their number has grown fast since 2008.

Stable number of job vacancies

By the end of September, there were 108 thousand seasonally corrected job vacancies, down 1 thousand on the previous quarter. The number of vacancies fell considerably faster in the previous three quarters according to the latest figures.

Unemployment increasing further

According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in October 2012 so that 536 thousand people are now unemployed.

More and more unemployed look for a job online

At eight in ten, the share of unemployed people in the Netherlands who went through job advertisements in 2011 was about the same as in 2004. In the period 2004-2011the share of unemployed people searching for jobs online nearly doubled.

Unemployment continues to rise

Figures show that seasonally adjusted unemployment rose by 5 thousand in September 2012, to 519 thousand.

Larger rise in collectively agreed wages in third quarter

Collectively agreed wage rates in the Netherlands rose by 1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2012. This is the largest increase in collectively agreed wages since the end of 2009. The increase is still below the level of inflation, which was 2.3 percent.

Income support claimants in smaller towns more likely to find work

Lead: Just over 9 percent of people claiming income support in the Netherlands at the end of 2010 found a job in 2011. This percentage was highest in smaller municipalities.

The potential labour force of the European Union: from growth to decrease

On 1 January 2010, the total potential labour force in the 27 countries of the European Union numbered 307 million persons. This is 61 percent of the total population of the EU and is 20 million higher than in 1995. On the basis of Eurostat’s EUROPOP2010 population scenarios, the potential labour force is expected to fall to 265 million in 2060, 14 percent down on 2010.

Victims workplace aggression feel less healthy

Victims of workplace aggression more often report a poor state of health than their colleagues who do not face aggression at work. They are also more dissatisfied with their job and are more often looking for another job

More employees on courses, less spent on training

Nearly four out of ten private sector employees in the Netherlands did a work-related course in 2010. Five years previously this was 34 percent. In 2010 spending on courses accounted for 2.1 percent of labour costs, this is slightly less than in 2005.

Number of social security benefits stable

By the end of this year, 319 thousand social security benefits were issued, i.e. an increase by more than 1 thousand compared to the previous quarter. The number of social security benefits remained more or less stable relative to June 2011.

Unemployment differs strongly within Europe

In the Netherlands unemployment is low compared with other countries in Europe; certainly when compared with Spain, where more than a quarter of the labour force are unemployed.

Fewer jobs

In the second quarter of this year, 53 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.7 percent) were lost relative to the second quarter of 2011. Employment was down in many sectors relative to one year previously, but declined most dramatically in public administration.

Youth unemployment up

In the second quarter of this year, 108 thousand young people in the age category 15-25 were un employed, an increase by 26 thousand from one year previously. The unemployment rate is particularly high among non-school going young people.

Marginal unemployment growth in August

According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased further in August 2012 by 4 thousand to reach 514 thousand.

Fewer trade union members in the workplace

Last year, 1.3 million employees (20 percent of all employees) were members of a trade union, versus more than 25 percent in 2000. The trade union membership rate declined more rapidly among men than among women. The rate is relatively low among young people.

Dutch unused labour force among the lowest in Europe

The unused labour force is relatively small in the Netherlands compared to other European Union member states. Last year, the unused labour force comprised 6 percent of the 15 to 75-year-old population.

Growing number of people pessimistic about finding jobs

In the second quarter of this year, 57 thousand people had stopped looking for work because they thought their chances of success were tiny. The increase relative to one year previously is 14 thousand.

Fewer job vacancies

The vacancy indicator deteriorated marginally in August compared to the preceding month.

More hours worked in temp jobs

In the second quarter of 2012, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 0.3 percent up from the preceding quarter. The increase in the first quarter was nearly 1 percent.

Most reintegration programmes for under-45s

At the end of 2011 nearly 230 thousand people in the Netherlands were in reintegration programmes provided by municipal government. This is more than 17 thousand fewer than twelve months previously.

Unemployment further up

According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment climbed further to 510 thousand in July 2012, i.e. 6.5 percent of the labour force.

Fewer job vacancies

Figures released by Statistics Netherlands today show that after correction for seasonal effects, there were 109 thousand unfilled job vacancies at the end of June.

Slight rise in income support benefits

According to the latest figures, 317 thousand income support benefits were provided on 31 March 2012. This means an increase by one thousand income support benefits to people aged under 65 since 31 December 2011.

Half of employees experience aggression in the workplace

Last year, 48 percent of employees in the health care sector had to cope with workplace aggression, versus 33 percent of all employees.

Unemployment further up

According to the most recent figures unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation stood at 495 thousand in June 2012, an increase by 6 thousand relative to the previous month.

Fewer job vacancies

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the current trend in vacancies. The indicator deteriorated marginally in June compared to the preceding month. In the private sector, pessimists still outnumber optimists and the gap has widened over the past few months.

Number of pensioners crosses 3 million mark

In 2011, the number of pensioners has exceeded 3 million for the first time. This means that currently nearly one in every five Dutch residents is a pensioner. The proportion of pensioners in the age category 55–65 has declined since 2006.

Half of the self-employed are service providers without personnel

In the first quarter van 2012 there were over 570 thousand self-employed service providers in the Netherlands without personnel. Almost half was highly educated, and the most common profession was business consultant.

Employment marginally down

In the first quarter of this year, 26 thousand jobs of employees (a decline by 0.3 percent) were lost relative to the first quarter of 2011.

Nearly half of unemployed were also unemployed three months ago

In the first quarter van 2012, unemployment increased further to reach 484 thousand. More and more people remained unemployed for a period of at least two consecutive quarters.

Generally, employed people are more satisfied

People who have accepted a job are more often satisfied than they were in the years prior to employment. The same applies people in their first years of retirement.

Unemployment stable in May

According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation stood at 489 thousand in May, almost the same as in April.

Singles most often rely on special income support

Last year, 250 thousand people relied on special income support, i.e. approximately 2 percent of the adult population in the Netherlands. Four in ten households receiving special income support are singles and more than two in ten are single parents.

Nearly 900 thousand job seekers

In the first quarter of this year, 883 thousand people were looking for a job of twelve hours a week or more. The number has not been this high in the past six years. Nearly half of people willing to work were not actively looking for a job or could not start immediately.

Nearly one in five employees are flex workers

The number of flex workers is growing continually. Between 2001 and 2011, the share of flex workers grew from 13 to 18 percent. Most flex workers are young. The economic situation strongly affects the number of flex workers.

Fewer hours worked in temp jobs

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was nearly 2 percent down in the first quarter of 2012 from the fourth quarter of 2011. The number of hours worked in stage A temp jobs declined for the third consecutive quarter.

Sustained unemployment growth

Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation has grown by 24 thousand to 489 thousand in April 2012.

Developments in income support depend on under-45s

Changes in the number of households claiming income support in 2001-2011 correlate directly to the number of claimants under the age of 45.

Slightly fewer job vacancies

According to figures released today, there were 118 thousand job vacancies at the end of March 2012, after correction for seasonal effects.

Older employees say they could work to older ages

Dutch employees aged 55 to 64 years say they could continue their present work to an age of 64.7 years on average. This is one and a half years older than the current average age of retirement.

Many strikers engaged in short actions in 2011

There were 17 strikes in the Netherlands last year. As a result, 22 thousand working days were lost. In just over half of cases, the actions were only short and relatively few working days were lost in 2011. Most working days were lost in the transport sector.

Increase labour costs in the Netherlands equals EU average

Labour costs in the Dutch private sector have risen at the same rate over the past decade as the average across the entire European Union. Between 2001 and 2011 Dutch labour costs per hour worked in industry and commercial services have increased by 36 percent.

Unemployment creeping up

According to the most recent figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment rose marginally in March 2012 to 465 thousand, i.e. 5.9 percent of the labour force.

Many unemployed and disabled in eastern part of the Netherlands

Municipalities where the proportion of people receiving unemployment and disability benefits was high in June 2011 are mainly found in the eastern part of the Netherlands.

More long-term unemployed

During the past two years, the number of people who were unemployed for twelve months or more has risen noticeably: from 91 thousand in 2009 to 139 thousand in 2011. Long-term unemployment is much more frequently found in the age category 25-45 and among lower educated.

CAO wage increase below level of inflation during the last eighteen months

In the first quarter of 2012, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages have risen by 1.4 percent. The increase was approximately the same as in the previous two quarters. The CAO wage increase has been below the level of inflation for more than eighteen months now.

Number of job vacancies drops further

The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the current trend in vacancies. The indicator remained fairly stable in March relative to the preceding month, just like in January and February. Pessimism still marginally prevailed over optimism in the private sector.

Unemployment marginally down

The most recent figures show that seasonally adjusted unemployment declined marginally in February 2012 to 469 thousand, i.e. 6 percent of the labour force.

Employed labour force is ageing

The average age in the employed labour force has risen further in 2011 to just over 41 versus 36 in the early 1990s. Men in their fifties for the first time outnumbered men in their thirties.

More women part-time employed

Nearly 3.3 million women were working twelve hours a week or more last year, an increase by more than 460 thousand relative to 2002.

Number of job vacancies drops further

Just like in January, the vacancy indicator remained fairly stable in February relative to the preceding month. Pessimism still marginally prevailed over optimism in the private sector. At the end of December 2011, there were 123 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than at the end of September.

More young Wajong benefit recipients

The number of under-27 Wajong (Income Provision Act for Disabled Young People) claimants has grown further in the first six months of 2011, but the number of completely disabled among Wajong recipients has declined.

Number of social security benefits marginally higher in 2011

According to the latest figures, 316 thousand social security benefits were granted by the end of last year to individuals under the age of 65 living at home, i.e. 9 thousand more than one year previously.

Groningen has highest unemployment rate

Provincial unemployment rates hardly changed in the Netherlands in 2011 relative to 2010.

More hours worked in temp jobs

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 1 percent up in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the preceding quarter. In the third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs stage A had declined for the first time in nearly eighteen months.

Unemployment climbs to 6 percent

Unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation increased by 18 thousand in January 2012 to 474 thousand, i.e. 6.0 percent of the labour force.

Number of vacancies further down

Adjusted for seasonal variation, there were 123 thousand unfilled vacancies at the end of December last year, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than one quarter previously.

Number of job vacancies drops further

At the end of December 2011, there were 123 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 10 thousand fewer than at the end of September. The number of job vacancies fell for the second consecutive quarter.

Unemployment among people with a western and non-western background marginally up in 2011

According to the latest figures 262 thousand native Dutch, 104 thousand residents with a non-western background and 52 thousand with a western background were seeking employment last year.

Unemployment almost unchanged

According to the latest figures 456 thousand people in the Netherlands were registered as unemployed (5.8 percent of the labour force) in December last year, as many as in November.

Employment opportunities social security recipients vary considerably by municipality

Nearly 30 thousand persons living on social security benefits by the end of 2009 managed to find jobs in 2010, i.e. 9 percent of social security recipients. In the category municipalities with 100 thousand or more residents, Zaanstad and Zoetermeer performed above average, but in Amsterdam and Utrecht, the results were below average.

Modest rise again for collectively agreed wages in 2011

The increase in collectively negotiated wage rates was again modest in 2011. Just as in 2010, wages rose by 1.3 percent on average.

Fewer job vacancies

At the end of September 2011, there were 133 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than at the end of June. The number of job vacancies had grown continuously over the five preceding quarters. Job vacancy figures are adjusted for seasonal variation.

Fewer households rely on benefits for a long period of time

Last year, 855 thousand Dutch households were dependent on benefits for a sustained period of time, i.e. nearly 40 thousand fewer than in 2009. The total number of households living on benefits amounted to 1.6 million.

No further employment growth

In the third quarter of this year, the number of employee jobs grew by 28 thousand relative to the third quarter of 2010, i.e. a modest increase by 0.3 percent.

Careers of doctorate holders

The Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) project aims to collect the most recent data on educational history, work experience and mobility of doctorate holders.

Unemployment remains unchanged

The seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for November 2011 stood at 455 thousand.

More people looking for work

Unemployment has risen again since the summer of 2011. In the third quarter of this year, 422 thousand people in the Netherlands were unemployed.

Unemployed more likely to find flexible than permanent job

Slightly fewer employees became unemployed in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same quarter last year. On the other hand, fewer unemployed people found a job.

Men and full-timers most likely to work overtime

Just over one in three employees regularly work overtime. More men and full-time workers work overtime than women and part-time workers.

Fewer income support benefits for young people

New figures show that 314 thousand people younger than 65 years were claiming income support benefit at the end of September 2011.

Decrease in disability benefits slowing down

In August 2011, 825 thousand people in the Netherlands were claiming a disability benefit. Nearly half of them received a benefit because of mental health problems or a behavioural disorder.

Decline in number of hours worked in temp jobs

The amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was reduced by 3 percent in the third quarter relative to the second quarter. In the five preceding quarters, the number of hours worked in temp jobs in stage A had grown continuously.

Unemployment further up

Seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in October 2011 to 455 thousand.

Number of job vacancies marginally down

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 133 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of September 2011, i.e. 4 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter.

Fewer men receive unemployment benefits

By the end of September this year, 251 thousand unemployment (WW) benefits were granted, a decline by 3 thousand relative to one year previously.

More employed develop burnout symptoms

The proportion of employed developing burnout symptoms has grown between 2007 and 2010. The burnout rate is marginally higher among higher educated than among lower educated and relatively low among young employed.

Unemployment further up

According to the most recent figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment increased by 17 thousand in September 2011 to 438 thousand, i.e. 5.6 percent of the labour force.

Trade union members increasingly over 65

Membership of Dutch trade unions rose by 5 thousand in 2011 compared with 2010. One in seven trade union members are older than 65.

Collectively agreed wage rates up 1.3 percent in third quarter

Collectively agreed wage rates in the Netherlands were 1.3 percent higher in the third quarter of 2011 than in the same period last year.

Slightly more job vacancies

At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase. The number of job vacancies grew for the fifth quarter running. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.

More than one quarter of employed work from home

More than 27 percent of Dutch employed were working from home part of their regular working hours in 2010.

Sickness absence lowest among hotel and restaurant workers

The sickness absence rate among employees in the Netherlands was 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

Costs of social security amount to 179 billion euro in 2010

In the Netherlands, 179 billion euro ((30 percent of the total amount earned by all Dutch together) was spent on social security last year. Unemployment benefits rose most rapidly by 12 percent compared to 2009.

Modest employment growth

In the second quarter of this year, the number of employee jobs was 51 thousand (0.6 percent) up on the same period in 2010. After correction for seasonal variation, the number of jobs increased by 25 thousand relative to the first quarter of 2011.

Sharp growth social assistance benefits granted to over-65s

At the end of June this year, 40 thousand social assistance benefits went to over-65 households, i.e. twice as many as a decade ago. The reason for the increase is that more and more over-65 households are not eligible for the full old age pension (AOW) amount.

Unemployment further up

According to the latest figures released by Statistics Netherlands, unemployment, adjusted for seasonal variation, grew by 8 housand in August 2011, reaching 421 thousand or 5.4 percent of the labour force.

Slower increase in spending on disability benefits for the young in 2010

The Dutch government spent 2.2 billion euro less on disability benefits for young people (Wajong benefits) in 2010. This accounts for one fifth of the country’s total spending on disability benefits.

Half of people willing to work not immediately available or not actively looking for work

A total of 815 thousand people in the Netherlands would like to work twelve hours a week or more. Approximately half of them are not immediately available for the labour market or are not actively looking for a job.

Slightly more job vacancies

At the end of June 2011, there were 137 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 2 thousand more than at the end of March. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase. The number of job vacancies grew for the fifth quarter running.

Increase social security benefits slows down

The most recent figures show that the number of social security benefits granted to people under the age of 65 has risen to 318 thousand in the second quarter of 2011.

Further increase in number of hours worked in temp jobs

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fifth consecutive quarter. In the second quarter of 2011, it grew by more than 2 percent relative to the preceding quarter. This means growth was less substantial than in the first quarter, when the number of hours worked in temp jobs increased by nearly 4 percent.

Increase labour costs at lowest level in two decades

Last year, the labour costs per year of employment increased by 1.4 percent, the smallest increase since 1989. The average annual increase over the past decade was 3.3 percent.

Unemployment up in July

Seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 413 thousand in July, exceeding the 400 thousand mark for the first time in 2011.

Number of job vacancies marginally up

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 137 thousand vacacancies were open by the end of June, i.e. 2 thousand more than one quarter previously.

Male unemployment in age category 25-45 more than twice as high as three years ago

The number of unemployed men in the age category 25-45 has more than doubled over the past three years: from 46 thousand in the second quarter of 2008 to 99 thousand in the second quarter of 2011.

Increase in temporary contracts with prospect of permanent appointment

More and more employees in the Netherlands have a temporary employment contract that offers the likelihood of a permanent appointment. Most of them are younger employees

Unemployment down

According to the latest figures, seasonally adjusted unemployment totalled 392 thousand in June 2011, a reduction by 9 thousand from May.

Dramatic employment growth in care sector

Over the past decade, the amount of jobs in the care sector increased by 385 thousand. Overall employment growth in the Netherlands was 515 thousand, so three quarters of new jobs in the past ten years were created in the care sector.

Retirement age employees further up

The average age of retirement for employees in the Netherlands had risen to 62.7 years in 2010 and the increase was observed across all sectors. More than 70 thousand employees went into retirement last year.

More job vacancies

The number of job vacancies has increased further. At the end of March, there were 135 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 7 thousand more than at the end of December.

More workers from Central and Eastern Europe

In March this year, there were 125 thousand nationals of EU member states in Central or Eastern Europe in the Netherlands, an increase by more than 20 percent relative to March last year; 37 thousand had registered as residents of a Dutch municipality.

Youth unemployment in the Netherlands lowest in the European Union

In the first quarter of 2011, the youth unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.4 percent, i.e. lower than in all other member states of the European Union (EU). On average, more than one in every five people in the EU labour force aged between 15 and 25 were unemployed.

More people unemployed

In May 2011 the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate reached 400 thousand. This equals 5.1 percent of the labour force.

Baby boom generation accounts for rapid growth AOW benefits

By the end of April this year, 2.9 million benefits were granted in the Netherlands under the General Old Age Pensions Act (AOW), an increase by nearly 14 thousand relative to March 2011.

More jobs than twelve months ago

In the first quarter of 2011, the number of jobs of employees grew by 34 thousand relative to the first quarter of 2010.

One-and-a-half -income earners disinclined to change working hours

Couples where the man works full-time and the woman part-time are the least inclined to change their working hours.

Doctoral degree makes a difference on the labour market

Doctoral degree holders more often work on a full-time basis and are usually employed on a higher professional level than people without a doctorate.

Unemployed more engaged in volunteer work than people with paid jobs

Some 22 percent in the adult population were engaged in volunteer work in 2009. People with paid jobs almost as often did volunteer work as people who did not have paid jobs, but unemployed spent nearly twice as many hours on volunteer work.

Half of social security benefits go to families with children

Nearly half (49 percent) of the 330 thousand people on social security have children, but there are considerable differences between native Dutch and people with a non-western background. Native Dutch social security recipients are much more often single (46 percent) than their non-western counterparts (27 percent).

More job vacancies

The number of job vacancies has increased further. At the end of March, there were 135 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 7 thousand more than at the end of December. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with a growth of about 8 thousand open vacancies relative to the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector remained stable over the same period. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects

Lower educated accounted for most of fall in unemployment

The number of unemployed people with a low level of education was 33 thousand lower in the first quarter of 2011 than twelve months previously.

Number of income support benefits continues to rise

According to figures, the number of income support benefits paid to people under the age of 65 rose further in the first quarter of 2011.

Growth number of hours worked in temp jobs accelerates

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the fourth time in a row. In the first quarter of 2011, it grew by nearly 6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.

One in seven employees hindered by administrative chores

Results of the Dutch National Survey on Working Conditions carried out in the fall of 2010 by TNO and Statistics Netherlands show that over 15 percent of all employees was hindered in their work by unnecessary administration.

Unemployment further down

In April this year, 392 thousand people (5.0 percent of the labour force) were unemployed in the Netherlands. The figure is adjusted for seasonal variation.

Number of job vacancies continues to grow

According to the latest figures, 135 thousand vacancies were unfilled at the end of March this year, i.e. an increase by 7 thousand relative to the preceding quarter. Nearly all sectors contributed to the increase.

Two in three Bonaire residents work

In 2010, 10.7 thousand people aged 15 years or older lived on Bonaire; 7.1 thousand of them had a job, which puts the labour participation rate for the island at 66.6 percent.

Slight fall in unemployment

Tthe number of unemployed people in the Netherlands at 395 thousand in March 2011, after adjustment for seasonal effects

Most strikes in 2010 organised in mail and transport

Last year, 59 thousand working days were lost to strikes in the Netherlands. In nearly four in ten strike days, the disputes concerned collectively negotiated (CAO) wages.

Modest wage increase in first quarter of 2011

In the first quarter of this year, collectively negotiated (CAO) wages were 1.1 percent up on one year previously, the lowest wage increase since 2005. The highest increase in CAO wages (1.5 percent) was registered in the subsidised sector.

More job vacancies in the private sector

The number of job vacancies has increased marginally. At the end of December, there were 130 thousand job vacancies, i.e. 4 thousand more than at the end of September. The private sector accounted entirely for the increase, with vacancies about 6 thousand higher than in the preceding quarter. The number of job vacancies in the public sector declined. The figures are adjusted for seasonal effects.

Average weekly working hours hardly changed in recent years

The employed labour force in the Netherlands comprised nearly 7.4 million people in 2010. On average, they worked 34.4 hours a week versus 36.7 hours in 1996.

Ten percent fewer people without medical insurance in 2010

On 1 May 2010 136 thousand people living in the Netherlands were not insured for medical costs. This is 10 percent fewer than twelve months previously.

More employees find jobs

In the fourth quarter of last year, the number of jobs of employees grew by 34 thousand (0.4 percent) relative to the fourth quarter of 2009. For the first time in eighteen months, the number of jobs has grown on an annual basis.

Poor chances on the job market for chronic patients

Only 7 percent of unemployed chronic patients in 2008 had managed to find jobs one year later.

Unemployment levels off

Adjusted for seasonal variation, 400 thousand persons (5.1 percent of the Dutch labour force) were registered as unemployed in February 2011. The number of unemployed remained stable in February.

Unemployment increases most rapidly in South Holland

Last year, unemployment increased in most provinces. The most substantial unemployment growth was recorded in South Holland.

535 bankruptcies filed in February

In February, 535 businesses and institutions (excluding one-man businesses) in the Netherlands were declared bankrupt, nearly 50 more than in January.

Fewer women stay at home to care

The number of women who could not accept jobs of twelve hours or more a week, because they had to care for their families was reduced form 755 thousand in 2001 to 318 thousand in 2010.

Number of social security benefits up by 26 thousand in 2010

The latest figures published show that the number of social security benefits granted to people under the age of 65 has risen by 26 thousand over 2010. The number of social security benefits paid out at the end of last year was 307 thousand.

More hours worked in temp jobs

The amount of hours worked in temp jobs increased for the third time in a row. In the fourth quarter, it grew by more than 2 percent compared to the third quarter of 2010, but the growth rate is slowing down. In the second and third quarter, the number of hours worked in temp jobs grew by more than 5 and 3 percent respectively.

Dutch labour market gains momentum

The number of people switching from one job to another typically increases if the economy is booming and declines if the economy is shrinking. In recent years, more people seem prepared to accept new positions.

Emancipation monitor 2010

Labour participation and economic independence of women increase in spite of crisis.

Unemployment marginally down

According to the most recent figures, unemployment adjusted for seasonal variation was 398 thousand in January 2011, i.e. 5.1 percent of the labour force.

Marginal increase number of vacancies

There were 130 thousand unfilled job vacancies by the end of last year.

Unemployment among people with non-western background further up in 2010

Proportionally, the unemployment increase among people with a non-western background was the same in 2010 as in the native Dutch population.

Number of disability benefits down by more than 100 thousand in half a decade

By the end of November last year, 597 thousand disability benefits were paid out, a decrease by 109 thousand from five years ago. The total amount paid out has risen by more than 300 million euro in the past five years.

Unemployment further down

Seasonally-adjusted unemployment was 401 thousand in December 2010, a reduction by 8 thousand relative to November.

Collectively negotiated wage rates up 1.3 percent in 2010

Wage rates negotiated under collective labour agreements (cao’s) were 1.3 percent higher in 2010 than in the previous year. This increase is significantly smaller than in 2009, when wages rose by 2.8 percent.

Modest but sustained job growth

The number of jobs of employees in the third quarter of 2010 was 13 thousand (0.2 percent) down on the third quarter of 2009.

Economic recession affects bonuses in 2009

Last year, the average annual wage increase of employees was 2.5 percent relative to 2008.

Employment participation rate also higher among mothers with non-western background

The employment participation rate among mothers with a non-western background is significantly lower than among na