Friday 27 May 2016

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Just 3% of Dutch girls plan to work full time when they become mothers


Just 3% of Dutch girls plan to carry on working full-time after they have children, according to a new report from the national statistics office CBS. Over half of them want to give up work altogether or work no more than one or two days a week when they become mothers, the survey found. And even without children, only 40% of girls and 60% of boys want a full-time job. The research involved 4,000 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25. Currently, 15% of women in the Netherlands continue to work full-time after having children, as do 85% of fathers. In the CBS survey 66% of boys say they want to reduce their working hours if they become fathers. Confusion The report also shows that a majority of girls and boys think household tasks and caring for children should be divided up equitably. At the same time, however, 40% of girls think they should do more in the house than their partners and 28% of boys agree girls should do more. To a large extent, the youngsters' opinions about household tasks and working hours reflect the family situation they grew up in, the CBS researchers said. Research published by the CBS last year showed only 37% of young women aged 15 to 27 have a full-time job, compared with 71% of young men.  More >

Freelancers feel fitter and stronger

Jobs Freelancers are less likely to suffer from burnouts than people who work for a boss, even though they often do physically more difficult work, according to a new report by the national statistics office CBS and TNO research institute. The research, which involved around 1,000 people who are self-employed, found that freelancers feel they have 'had enough' seven times a month, half the rate of people in regular employment. Freelancers also feel fitter and stronger than employees and are more prepared to continue working until they hit at least 67, the survey found. Some 80% of the self-employed enjoy their work because of its varied nature, compared with just 68% of people with permanent contracts. Some 1.3 million people in the Netherlands do some sort of freelance work, often alongside a regular job, the national statistics office CBS said in January. In total, almost 800,000 people rely solely or mainly on income from freelancing, while a further 553,000 rely on another source of income – a part-time job, pension or social security benefits – to make ends meet, the CBS said.    More >

Theatres boost audiences, cut paid jobs

Jobs Dutch theatres and concert halls are gradually replacing their paid staff with volunteers and temporary workers, according to new figures from the national theatre directors' association VSCD on Monday, quoted by the NRC. On average last year, three paid theatre jobs were cut - an equivalent of a 10% reduction in staff over the country as a whole, the NRC says. 'Theatres are being forced to choose to take a more flexible approach to their staff because of spending cuts,' the organisation's director Hedwig Verhoeven told the paper. 'But there are, for example, more young theatre technicians who work as independent specialists.' At the same time, the figures show theatre turnover is increasing and more people are going to the theatre and concerts. The average audience has risen from 350 to 370 and additional income from tickets and catering is offsetting cuts in government grants. Grants now account for 41% of income, compared with 46% in 2014. 'Theatres are using their buildings more intensively and are often open all day,' Verhoeven said. Debates, theme evenings and other events have allowed theatres to 'strengthen their socio-cultural role and reach a wider and more diverse public,' she said.  More >

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