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Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country with a major export sector, and has been for many centuries. The service industry makes up about 80 per cent of the Dutch economy and labour market. Whilst most employment is found in this sector, which includes activities such as banking and tourism, the country also has a strong manufacturing sector related to food, chemicals and electronics amongst others. The country is characterised by a strong vocational education and training system that is seen to support its industrial base.

Looking to the future, employment levels in the Netherlands are expected to pass their pre-2008 financial crisis levels by 2019/20 and continue to rise thereafter. Most employment growth will be in the business and other services sector and the transport and distribution sector, with most job opportunities created for professionals.

Over the period to 2025, the Netherlands is forecast to see an increase in demand for high- and medium-skilled workers, whilst demand for low-skilled workers is set to decrease. In the same period, the share of the Netherlands’ labour force with high level qualifications is projected to increase, whilst the share of workers with medium, low or no qualifications is expected to decrease.

The Netherlands’ working-age population (15-64) is projected to grow over the period to 2025, with labour market participation falling. Looking to the longer-term future, the Netherlands is expected to have an old-age dependency ratio close to the EU average.

Future employment growth (in %) in Netherlands in 2015-2025 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employment rate

The employment rate indicates the percentage of people in employment over the population aged 20-64.

 

In 2015 the employment rate in Netherlands was 76.36% compared to 70.00% in EU

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015 the size of employment in EU changed by 2.07% compared to 0.33% in Netherlands .

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Sectors with the largest share in employment in Netherlands in 2015 

  • Health & social care 15.52%
  • Wholesale & retail trade 14.82%
  • Manufacturing 9.45% 
  • Professional services 7.84%
  • Education 6.70% 

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Occupations with the largest share in employment in Netherlands in 2015:  

  • Sales workers 8.07%
  • Office professionals 6.64%
  • Office associate professionals 6.27% 
  • Personal service workers 5.24%
  • Teaching professionals 4.89%

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Sectors expected to have the strongest employment change over the period 2015-2025 in Netherlands:

  • Professional services 20.15%
  • Wholesale & retail trade 10.45%
  • Finance & insurance 8.32% 
  • Transport & storage 8.05% 
  • Health & social care 5.59% 

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment needs

The additional number of people who will be required to work in an occupation given projected changes in employment and replacement demands. 

Occupations expected to have the largest numbers of job openings in Netherlands over the period 2015-2025:

  • Office associate professionals 386,753
  • Office professionals 359,127
  • Sales workers 261,397
  • Legal & social professionals 209,372
  • Personal service workers 201,730

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Related indicators

Employment share of occupations (%) in Netherlands (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Education profile (%) of the working age population in Netherlands (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Age profile (%) of the working age population in Netherlands (2011-2015 comparison)

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Working-age population

Measures the total number of people of working age (i.e. 15-64).

 

Future employment growth (% change) across occupations in Netherlands compared to EU in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

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