Saturday 25 March 2017

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New union chief says freelancer tax breaks should be scrapped

New union chief says freelancer tax breaks should be scrapped

The new chairman of the FNV trade union federation, the biggest Dutch union grouping, has called on the next government to slash tax breaks for freelancers. The tax advantages and other benefits from freelancers are stimulating a race to the bottom in terms of wages, Han Busker told the Financieele Dagblad. Flexible forms of work have become too cheap because of the tax breaks and it is employers who ultimately benefit, Busker told the paper. Busker’s call comes at a sensitive time because the FNV is currently embroiled in difficult talks with employers organisation VNO-NCW on a joint programme to tackle on the job training, robotisation and freelancing. The aim is to come up with an agreement which could be incorporated into the next government’s plans.  More >

Flexible contracts don't lead to real jobs

Jobs Just two in five people with a flexible employment contract find a permanent job within five years, according to researchers at the University of Amsterdam. The researchers looked at people who were given a flexible contract in 2008 and found that around half of them moved on within a year, but only one in three progressed to a permanent job. After five years, 39% had found permanent employment and 46% were no longer working at all. 'So almost half the people who joined the flexible workforce experienced the change as a step towards unemployment,' professor Paul de Beer said in the report. Just over half the people with college or university degrees got a permanent contract within five years, compared with 28% of people with low skills. Some 40% of people in the Dutch labour market are on short-term or flexible contracts.  More >

Hudson's Bay comes to high street

Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay invades Dutch high street Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay is looking to employ 1,800 people sales staff for its new stores in the Netherlands. Friday saw the start of a large-scale recruitment drive, the AD writes. Hudson's Bay, which presents itself as one of the fastest growing retail companies in the world, will be opening up shop in Almere, Amsterdam, Breda, Den Bosch, The Hague, Leiden Maastricht, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Zwolle. The first batch of Hudson’s Bay workers will start an in-house training on July 1. The company will create some 2,500 store-based jobs and another 2,500 jobs connected with building activities. The full-on invasion of the Dutch retail landscape is an attempt to fill the gap left by the recent demise of V&D. In a number of towns Hudson’s Bay is even using the same premises as the former high street fixture. ‘The character and  atmosphere of the stores will be geared specifically towards the Dutch market,’ a Hudson’s Bay representative told the AD. ‘The stores will have the character of a startup and will become the store of the future, with well-known fashion, beauty and home ware brands.’ Hudson’s Bay, which has 500 stores worldwide, wants to open 20 stores in total in the Netherlands.  More >

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