Labour participation among young men restored
More young men have started working over the past two years. For a long time, net labour participation among young men lagged behind the female rate.
More new vacancies in 2021 for all occupations
Following a six-year period of continuous job vacancy growth, in 2020 the number of new vacancies fell by 241 thousand to 1.0 million.
Fewer bankruptcies compared to many EU countries
The number of bankruptcies in the Netherlands is at a historically low level. Since the coronavirus crisis started, this number has been declining each quarter.
Young men now more likely to have paid work than young women
In December 2022, net labour participation among young men exceeded the rate among young women.
More businesses experience shortages of staff and materials
At the beginning of Q2 2022, staff shortages formed the largest obstacle for entrepreneurs in carrying out their business activities.
Business confidence higher at start of third quarter
Business confidence continued its upward climb at the start of the third quarter of 2021, reaching the highest level since measurements started in 2008.
Entrepreneurs in COVID-impacted sectors are pessimistic
In Q1 2021, business confidence has declined slightly and is still negative.
More than 2 million enterprises for the first time
In 2021, the total enterprise population in the Netherlands grew by 163 thousand or 8.5 percent, thereby exceeding 2 million for the first time as of 1 January 2022.
More optimism among entrepreneurs, but not in all sectors
At the beginning of Q2 2021, business confidence was cautiously positive for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, although manufacturers in many sectors are still gloomy.
Dutch entrepreneurs less pessimistic in Q3
At the start of Q3 2020, entrepreneurial confidence stood at -19.3, up from -37.2 in the previous quarter.
Entrepreneurs more optimistic about 2022
Dutch entrepreneurs expect higher investments, more turnover and higher staffing levels in 2022.
Sharp drop in tourism value added after record year 2019
In the first six months of 2020, the gross value added of key industries in the tourism sector was approximately 45 percent lower than in the same period in 2019, according to provisional figures.
Business confidence down at the beginning of 2022
At the beginning of 2022, business confidence declined after three consecutive quarters of growth. The mood did remain predominantly positive in most sectors.