Reasons to not have a fixed-term contract in the Netherlands 2018

In 2018, respondents taking part in this survey who did not have a fixed-term employment contract were asked why they did not have this type of contract. Over 40 percent of survey respondents without a fixed-term contract said they were on temporary contracts because they had just started working for their current employer. By comparison, only 5.4 percent of survey respondents stated not to have a fixed-term contract because they did not care that much about security.

What is the most important reason that you do not have a fixed-term employment contract?

Share of respondents
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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

September 25, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Number of respondents

11,855 respondents

Age group

15-74 years

Special properties

Dutch residents in non-institutionalized households who do not have a permanent contract or work on-call, as substitute or as temp

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Wat is de belangrijkste reden waarom u op dit moment geen vast dienstverband heeft?" (English: What is the most important reason that you do not have a fixed-term employment contract?)

The results have been weighted to represent the entire population.

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