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.

Table of contents

  • 1. Labor force
    • Gross and net labor participation in the Netherlands 2009-2019

    • Netherlands: labor force 2019, by age and gender

    • Employed labor force in the Netherlands 2019, by age and gender

    • Employed labor force in the Netherlands 2003-2020

    • 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 2003-2019

    • Unemployment rate in the Netherlands per month 2003-2020

    • Size of the unemployed labor force in the Netherlands 2003-2019

    • Monthly unemployed labor force in the Netherlands 2003-2020

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

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

    • Forecast of unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2013-2021

    • Forecast of the unemployment rate in the Netherlands 2020, by province

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

  • 3. Contract types
    • Distribution of the working population in the Netherlands 2017, by contract type

    • 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

    • Reasons to not have a fixed-term contract in the Netherlands 2019

    • Employer opinions on flexibilization of the job market 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

    • Average gross annual salary in the Netherlands 2019, by education level

    • Average gross annual salary in the Netherlands 2019, by province

    • Forecast of the annual change of wages in private sector in the Netherlands 2015-2021

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

    • Average weekly hours worked on the main job in the Netherlands 2000-2018

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

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

    • Number of days worked per week in the Netherlands 2019

    • Prevalence of working overtime in the Netherlands 2019

    • Number of hours worked in the Netherlands 2017-2020

  • 6. Working conditions
    • Prevalence of shift work in the Netherlands 2019

    • Prevalence of evening work in the Netherlands 2018

    • Prevalence of weekend work in the Netherlands 2019

    • Prevalence of night work in the Netherlands 2019

    • Most important employment conditions in the Netherlands 2019

    • Employee willingness to do on-the-job training in the Netherlands 2018

    • Share of people taking professional trainings in the Netherlands 2019, by age group

    • Share of people taking professional trainings in the Netherlands 2019, by industry

  • 7. Job satisfaction
    • Working conditions making employees happy in the Netherlands 2017

    • Levels of job satisfaction in the Netherlands 2010-2018

    • Satisfaction with working conditions in the Netherlands 2010-2018

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

    • Share of people satisfied with their salary in the Netherlands 2018, by age group

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

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

    • Burnout rates in the Netherlands 2010-2018

    • Sickness absence rate in the Netherlands 2019, by age group

    • Stress level among employees in the Netherlands 2018

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

    • Expected job changes until retirement in the Netherlands 2018

    • Most important reasons to search for a new job in the Netherlands 2019

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

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

    • Number of job vacancies in the Netherlands 2016-2020

  • 9. 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

    • Share of people who are trade union members in the Netherlands 2019, by age

    • Share of people who are trade union members in the Netherlands 2018, by industry

    • 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

    • Reasons not to be a trade union member in the Netherlands 2019

  • 10. Teenagers and students
    • Top five side jobs teenagers in the Netherlands 2017

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

    • Most important side job considerations for Millennials in the Netherlands 2019

    • 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)

    • Favorite working hours for student side jobs in the Netherlands 2019

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