The 20 biggest employers in the Netherlands have plans to cut their combined workforce by around 8% or 37,000 jobs in the coming months, the Volkskrant reported at the weekend.
The paper bases its claims on an analysis of the top 100 Dutch employers – with a combined workforce of some 830,000.
Top of the list is the ministry of defence with 48,000 workers, followed by the police with 37,000. The armed forces are slashing employment numbers in an effort to save €1bn on the ministry’s budget.
The biggest private employer in the Netherlands is Rabobank, with 33,000 workers, followed by Ahold, parent of the Albert Heijn supermarkets, on 28,000.
According to the latest figures from the government’s macro-economic policy unit CPB, the Dutch unemployment rate is currently 5.8%, or 455,000 people. According to CPB forecasts, this is set to rise to 6.5% next year.