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Local councils fear refugees won't find work, survey shows

Local councils fear refugees won’t find work, survey shows

Local councils are worried that up to 90% of newly recognised refugees will not be able to find work, according to research involving 200 municipalities. Six out of 10 need to undergo training and be actively encouraged to find a job and three in 10 have no chance of a job at all, the councils have told a government-backed advisory group KIS which studies integration issues. Local councils are allocated recognised refugees depending on the size of their populations. The aim is to spread refugees throughout the country but it also means many are sent to places where there are no jobs, broadcaster NOS points out. Local authorities are required by law to help all jobless people within their boundaries find work. But two-thirds told KIS they do not have enough suitable jobs in their locality for refugees. National statistics office CBS said in May some 75% of the Syrian refugees who have been given residency permits over the past three years are claiming welfare benefits because they have not yet found work.  More >

Amsterdam council ends youth minimum wage

Jobs Amsterdam city council has voted to scrap the youth minimum wage for its own staff and will ensure that companies carrying out contracts on its behalf pay 18 to 22-year-olds higher salaries. The decision means the 'handful' of young civil servants at city hall will earn higher wages but it is unclear how much the increase is likely to be. In addition, the council is to include its new wage requirements in tender documents for companies which carry out work on behalf of city hall. Currently an 18-year-old on minimum pay earns €693.70 a month before tax and premiums while the over-22s earn €1,524.60.The Netherlands is one of the few countries in Europe where 18-year-olds are not entitled to the adult minimum wage. In April, the cabinet agreed to reduce the age at which adult wages are paid from 23 to 21 over several years.   More >

Holiday pay is more often used as savings

Jobs Just over four in 10 people will use their annual holiday pay to get away from it all this year, the family spending institute Nibud said on Tuesday. Dutch workers get an additional 8% of their annual salaries at the end of May or June to cover the cost of a vacation. The Nibud survey showed a further four in 10 use the payout to boost their savings. This is a slight increase on 2015, when 36% of those questioned said they would keep the money for a rainy day. In 2012, just one in four added their holiday payments to their savings. This year, some 14% of households will use all or part of the money to buy household goods, while a similar proportion will use the money to pay off debts, Nibud said. The report also shows 67% of the Dutch plan to go on holiday this year. The average break will last 15 days and cost nearly €2,500 per household. One in five people will stay at home, compared with one in four in 2015. In addition, just over half of households with an income of below €1,500 net per month will go away for a few days. This is a sharp rise on last year, Nibud said. Dutch workers have an average of around 25 days paid holiday per year.  More >

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