Friday 26 August 2016

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Almost one in four tax office staff want to leave


Junior finance minister Eric Wiebes told the Financieele Dagblad on Wednesday he expects some 5,200 people will finally take advantage of a voluntary redundancy package offered by the tax office. In total, 6,900 of the department’s 30,000 staff - or almost 25% - expressed an interest in the scheme, Wiebes told the paper. The original target was 4,800. At the same time, the department is advertising for 1,500 new members of staff who are up to date with ‘modern technology’, Wiebes said. The closing date for applications for redundancy is September 1. The departures will be phased in to ensure the continuity of the operation, Wiebes told the paper. Leavers have been offered a maximum golden handshake of €75,000 or a year’s salary if higher. According to the FD, many of those applying for redundancy come from the department’s team of inspectors and accountants, who are already in short supply. Albert van der Smissen of white collar union NCF told the paper some departments have 'emptied in their entirety'.  More >

Jobless rate drops to 6%

Jobless rate drops to 6%, remains high among youngsters The official Dutch unemployment rate fell to 6% in July, a drop of 0.4 percentage point on the rate three months ago, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. In July, 541,000 people were looking for work, down 30,000 on the previous quarter. The drop was sharpest among workers aged 45 plus, the CBS said. The rate for the under 25s, at 10.8%, remains almost twice the national average. The UWV benefits payment agency paid out 300,000 new unemployment benefit claims in the first seven months of this year, down 14% on the same period in 2015. In particular fewer over-55s were claiming jobless benefits.   More >

Jobless rate among young adults halves

Jobs The jobless rate among 25 to 30-year-olds has gone down from 7.3% to 5% over the past two years, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday. Nevertheless, the rate is still almost double the pre-crisis figure of 2.6%, the CBS points out. At the same time, there has been a rise in the number of 25 to 30-year-olds on flexible contracts. Some 31% now have a short term or flexible employment contract, compared with around 24% before 2008.   More >

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