Netherlands: number of jobs 2018, by sector

This statistic displays the number of jobs in the Netherlands in 2018, by sector, in thousands. As of 2018, the three sectors with the largest number of employees were the wholesale and retail trade sector, the health and social work sector, and the renting and other business support services sector. As of 2018, there were nearly 1.4 million jobs in the wholesale and retail sector in the Netherlands.

Number of jobs in the Netherlands in 2018, by sector

Jobs in thousands
Wholesale and retail trade1,388
Health and social work activities1,346
Renting and other business support1,101
Public administration and services511
Other specialised business services509
Accommodation and food serving425
Transportation and storage387
Information and communication272
Financial institutions268
Culture, sports and recreation139
Other service activities134
Agriculture, forestry and fishing108
Renting, buying, selling real estate66
Water supply and waste management35
Electricity and gas supply27
Mining and quarrying8
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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

The source adds: "an employed person may have more than one job at a time. In that case the person has a main job and a secondary job. Each job counts separately. For the calculation of the average number of jobs in a certain period the starting date and end date of a job is taking into account. The weekly working hours are left out of account. Two successive jobs both with a 6-month working period will always count as one job in the average number of jobs, regardless of whether these jobs are full-time or part-time."

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