Web shops are looking for better educated staff than traditional retailers


Staff vacancies at Dutch web shops generally require better levels of education than at traditional high street retailers, according to research by state jobs agency UWV involving five of the Netherlands' biggest online shops. Two-thirds of the vacancies on offer at the web shops were for people with high-end trade or college qualifications, compared with one-third of the jobs available at ordinary retailers. In particular web retailers are trying to recruit administrative staff and IT specialists such as data analysts and developers, the UWV said. In addition, web shops find it hard to recruit sufficient low-skilled logistics staff, the UWV said. This is partly down to the sector's poor image with heavy physical work and irregular hours. The UWV said the number of people working for online retailers has risen from  38,000 to 62,000 over the past four years.  More >

Postal firms told to hit 80% staff target

Jobs All postal firms must have at least 80% of their delivery workers on permanent contracts by the end of the year or face hefty fines, under a deadline imposed by the government on Thursday. The decision ends 10 years of wrangling over the status of mail delivery workers, many of whom have been hired as freelancers on highly restrictive contracts. Being taken on as employees entitles them to rights such as holiday and sick pay, insurance against incapacity and a company pension. The Authority for Consumers and Markets will monitor the situation and impose fines if they fail to fulfil the quota, economics minister Mona Keijzer told parliament. Two years ago the largest delivery firm, PostNL,was ordered by a court to take on all its freelance workers as employees. Since then it has been undercut by competitors who have been able to deliver mail for 40% less, partly by saving on staff overheads. In 2008 Sandd and SelektMail, two of the main competitors to PostNL, promised the government that they would meet the 80% target within three and a half years. But nine years later unions estimate that only around half Sandd's 20,000 deliverers were under contract. Keijzer said that the companies had had enough time to implement the agreement. 'Postal workers are at the bottom of the labour market. It is a priority or this government to ensure these groups have adequate protection.'  More >

Tech sector generates 11% Amsterdam jobs

Jobs The technology sector in Amsterdam is responsible for roughly 60,000 jobs, or 11% of the total, according to a survey by corporate analysis bureau Dealroom, and commissioned by the city's Startup Amsterdam organisation. Of the 1,000 plus companies represented in the report, 33 are identified as grownups (500+ employees), 263 as scale-ups (51-500 employees) and a 'whopping' 756 companies were identified as startups (2-50 employees), Startup Amsterdam said. The report said the sector was growing very quickly and that 10,000 jobs had been added to the total the past two years. Only the catering sector (hotels, restaurants, cafés) grew at a more rapid pace. Homegrown tech giants Booking.com, TomTom and Adyen employ almost 10% of the city’s tech workers (about 6,000 people) while the 30 largest homegrown companies represent a total of 16,000 jobs. A further 859 local companies employed just over half of the total. The remainder were employed by 184 branches of foreign firms located in Amsterdam like Uber, Netflix and Microsoft.  More >

Shortage of technology sector staff looms

Jobs The Dutch technology sector needs 120,000 workers over the next 12 years if it is to maintain current growth trends, according to a report by ING carried out for employers organisation FME. Between 20% and 25% of companies in the sector say staff shortages are a hindrance for their activities, the Telegraaf said on Thursday. Annual growth of 4% will require an estimated 50,000 extra employees by 2030. In the meantime, 70,000 current employees will retire, causing severe problems in the sector, the report said. 'Partnership between education and the industry will have to be intensified, certainly now that ageing is affecting the sector,'  FME chairman Ineke Dezentjé Hamming told the paper. 'In addition we are going to have to improve supplementary training. We are going to appeal to the government to address the problem as soon as possible,' she said. ING economist Marieke Blom told the paper it is feasible to obtain 120,000 new workers for the technology sector. 'We just have to ensure that the flow of students from the training institutes moves more quickly. In addition, we must start retraining employees of companies which are related to technology firms.' With annual growth of 9.5%, the technology sector is the fastest-growing in the Netherlands. 'And other parties such as temps agencies, installation firms and accountants also benefit,' Blom told the Telegraaf.  More >

Work-related burn-outs on the rise

Jobs The number of job-related burn-outs in the Netherlands is rising sharply and job insecurity is a major cause, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday. The paper said 15% of Dutch women suffered work-related stress this year, up from 9.4% two years ago. The number of men affected by burn-out increased from 6% to 9% in the same period, the paper said. The figures come from a new report compiled by Nyenrode University and the digital periodical Intermediar and involving some 72,000 people. Temporary Nyenrode researcher Jaap van Muijen said a major cause of the increase in job-related stress is the explosive growth of people working on temporary contracts. 'Our research indicates that people with a fixed contract suffer less from burn-out at work. The same goes for double income households who can fall back on the earnings of one partner, as well as for the highly skilled. The greater the income insecurity, the greater the risk of burn-out,' he said. Part-time jobs Parallel research by health and safety advisory group ArboNed showed that 58% of workers suffering from stress were part-timers but only 45% of employees had part-time jobs. ArboNed's Catelijne Joling confirmed that part-timers were more susceptible to stress than full-time employees. In particular four day a week jobs involve people being expected to do too much, she told the Financieele Dagblad. 'Three or five days a week is better,' she told the paper. ArboNed's research involved absenteeism rates at 60,000 small and medium-sized firms.  More >