Wednesday 27 July 2016

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Dutch official jobless rate fell again in June, hits 6.1%


The Dutch unemployment rate fell again in June to 550,000 people, or 6.1% of the working population. This is down from 6.6% at the end of December, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. Unemployment has been dropping since February 2014, when it hit a peak of nearly 700,000. The number of new unemployment benefit (ww) claims also fell over the past half year to 262,000. This is down 9% on the first half of 2015. The number of new claims from construction workers and people who work in the care industries were both down by over one fifth. Some 438,000 people are currently claiming unemployment benefit, which is paid for a maximum of three years.   More >

Disabled less likely to have paid work

Jobs Almost 10% of people in the Netherlands aged 25 to 45 say they have a medical condition which makes it hard to find work, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. Of the total 400,000, some 200,000 people are not trying to find a job or have withdrawn totally from the labour market, the CBS said. People with a disability are slightly less likely to have a permanent contract than workers without medical problems and some 14% work as freelancers. One in five would like to work longer hours than they currently do. The CBS said that in total 1.7 million people aged 15 to 75 were unable to work in 2015 for medical reasons but did not say how many of them were retired or still in full-time education. Some 810,000 people in the Netherlands are currently claiming some form of incapacity benefit.  More >

Employers beat disabled job targets

Jobs The private and public sectors had created over 21,000 jobs for people with disabilities or other problems finding work between January 2013 and December 2015, junior social affairs minister Jetta Klijnsma said in a briefing to parliament on Thursday. This is higher than the 19,000 target and means there is no need to bring in a compulsory quota, Klijnsma said. As part of the social agreement thrashed out by the coalition and three ‘friendly’ opposition parties, government, employers and unions agreed to create 100,000 jobs by 2026 for people with workforce disadvantages. However, the total includes people who were already in work and have increased their hours and the minister does not know how many people have actually been helped to a new job, news agency ANP said. In addition, some of the jobs have been taken by people who were previously employed in sheltered work schemes, which are currently being closed down. Last month, the government's most senior advisory body said efforts to integrate people from sheltered work schemes into the regular workforce are proceeding so slowly there should be a rethink.  More >

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