Job market in the Netherlands

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Facts and figures about the job market in the Netherlands

This dossier presents facts and figures about the job market in the Netherlands. It includes figures about the labor force, contract types, salaries, working hours and conditions as well as information about trade unions and unemployment.

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  • 1. Labor force
    • Gross and net labor participation in the Netherlands 2008-2018

    • Netherlands: labor force 2018, by age and gender

    • Employed labor force in the Netherlands 2018, by age and gender

    • Employed labor force in the Netherlands 2018-2019

    • Monthly change of the labor force in the Netherlands 2017-2018

    • Annual change of the working population in the Netherlands 2015-2020

    • Annual change of the active working population in the Netherlands 2015-2020

    • Labor force in the Netherlands 2017-2020

    • Number of jobs in the Netherlands 2016-2020

    • Labor participation rate in the Netherlands 2017-2020

  • 2. Unemployment
    • Unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2008-2018

    • Netherlands: unemployment rate 2017-2019

    • Netherlands: unemployed labor force 2008-2018

    • Netherlands: unemployed labor force 2018-2019

    • Total number of long-term unemployed people in the Netherlands 2007-2017

    • Unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2010-2017, by length

    • Forecast of the unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2013-2021

    • Forecast of the unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2019, by province

    • Forecasted number of unemployed people in the Netherlands 2019, by province

  • 3. Contract types
    • Share of the population with a paid job in the Netherlands 2006-2016

    • Distribution of the working population in the Netherlands 2017, by contract type

    • Share of the employees on a flexible contract in the Netherlands 2006-2016

    • Number of part-time jobs in the Netherlands 2010-2016

    • Share of people on a permanent contract in the Netherlands 2019, by education level

    • Share of people on a fixed-term contract in the Netherlands 2017, by education level

    • Share of people seconded in the Netherlands 2019, by education level

    • Preferred employment contract types in the Netherlands 2017

    • Employer opinions on flexibilization of the job market in the Netherlands 2017

    • Opinions on working on an assignment or freelance basis in the Netherlands 2017

  • 4. Salaries
    • Netherlands: average annual salary and bonuses 2018

    • Average annual salary in the Netherlands 2018, by age

    • Average hourly wage in the Netherlands 2018, by age

    • Average annual wage in the Netherlands 2018, by sector

    • Average hourly wage in the Netherlands 2018, by sector

    • Average annual salary in the Netherlands 2018, by contract type

    • Average hourly wage in the Netherlands 2018, by contract type

    • Income distribution of HBO+ers in the Netherlands in 2016, by gender

    • Satisfaction with salary among higher educated personnel in the Netherlands 2013-2017

    • Forecast of the annual change of wages in private sector in the Netherlands 2015-2020

  • 5. Working hours
    • Number of jobs in the Netherlands 2018, by working hours

    • Average weekly hours worked on the main job in the Netherlands 2000-2017

    • Average working hours per job per year in the Netherlands 2018, by sector

    • Average weekly working hours in the Netherlands 2018, by age

    • Most popular working hours in the Netherlands 2016

    • Number of hours worked in the Netherlands 2017-2020

  • 6. Working conditions
    • Most important employment conditions in the Netherlands 2019

    • Working conditions making employees happy in the Netherlands 2017

    • Aspects making employers interesting for potential employees in the Netherlands 2016

    • Share of people satisfied with work conditions Netherlands 2017, by education level

    • Share of people satisfied with promotion options Netherlands 2017, by education level

    • Share of people satisfied with direct supervisor Netherlands 2017, by education level

    • Stress level among employees in the Netherlands 2018

    • Most annoying habits of colleagues according to office employees the Netherlands 2017

    • Occurrence of gossip on the work floor in the Netherlands 2017

  • 7. Changing jobs
    • Share of people actively looking for a new job Netherlands 2017, by education level

    • Opinions on likeliness of changing employers in the Netherlands 2017

    • Wish to work for the same employer until retirement in the Netherlands 2017

    • Most important reasons to search for a new job in the Netherlands 2018

    • Most popular channels to search for a new job in the Netherlands 2019

    • Most popular social media channels to search for a new job in the Netherlands 2016

    • Occurrence of new job offers in the Netherlands in 2016, by gender

    • Number of job vacancies in the Netherlands 2016-2020

  • 8. Trade unions
    • Share of people who are trade union members in the Netherlands 2008-2018

    • Total number of trade union members in the Netherlands 2000-2017

    • Total number of trade union members in the Netherlands 2017, by organization 

    • Total number of FNV trade union members in the Netherlands 2000-2017

    • Total number of CNV members in the Netherlands 2000-2017

    • Total number of VCP members in the Netherlands 2000-2017

  • 9. Teenagers and students
    • Teenagers with a side job in the Netherlands 2016, by age group

    • Top five side jobs teenagers in the Netherlands 2017

    • Reasons to have a side job for teenagers in the Netherlands 2016

    • Most popular jobs among research university graduates in the Netherlands 2017

    • Most important job considerations for Millennials in the Netherlands 2018

    • Most important working conditions for Generation Z in the Netherlands 2018

    • Share of students with a side job in the Netherlands 2017, by age

    • Average income from side jobs of students in the Netherlands 2017, by age (in euros)

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