Facebook Twitter Linkedin Google Plus Tell a Friend
Home| Columns| Features| International| In Dutch| Dictionary| What's On| Jobs| Housing| Expats| Blogs| Books
««« previousnext »»»

Some 60% of Dutch women now work

Wednesday 07 March 2012

Some 60% of Dutch women had a job of 12 hours a week or more last year, compared with 53% 10 years ago, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

One in three women work between 20 and 35 hours a week, up from one in four 10 years ago. Around 18% of women work over 35 hours a week, a figure which has remained stable over the past 10 years.

Almost half of the women with a part-time job say they have chosen to work less because of household and family commitments.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Perhaps this explains why, The Netherlands, rely's heavily on immigration, with falling birth rates among Dutch family's. There are too many woman in the work place One, cannot have it both ways Mr Wilders.

By Highlander | 7 March 2012 10:00 AM

This is bad news for fertility rates if not managed properly by the state.

By Phil | 7 March 2012 10:34 AM

60% of woman sounds fab .... 40% work parttime or 0 hours contracts that means there is no health insurance in there and no pension .....terrible ....

By Minnie | 7 March 2012 12:45 PM

12 hours per week is not a job. It is a hobby. What possible substantive work can be done in such a small amount of time?

What the article glosses over is that only 18% work more than 35 hours per week! That means 82% of Dutch women do not have full-time jobs. What is going on with that?

No wonder everyone thinks prohibiting Sunday shopping is OK. Half of the population is not working full-time jobs! They have plenty of time during 9-5 to do all the shopping.

But this is very middle/upper-class thinking. What of those families where both spouses must work? Who can go to the shops? They are forced to do shopping outside of the 9-5.

By Matt | 7 March 2012 4:13 PM

Just curious but for those working 12 hours a week or less, how are they counting towards the stats? Employeed? Cannot really consider them a FTE. I often wonder how the Netherlands calculates their unemployment and whether they use such stats to boost the employment rate even though in a way those individuals are 50% "unemployed"...

By Michael K | 8 March 2012 3:10 AM

Imagine the difficulty of taken seriously in this society, where our men colleagues mothers did not work and their wives prefer to work less and to dedicate to family (nothing wrong with that). If you are an ambitious woman, it is very difficult to be recognized as such in Netherlands.

By Lefty | 8 March 2012 6:52 AM

Minnie, in The Netherlands health insurance is not contingent upon employment and you get subsidies that leave you with a net cost of 10/month if you are unemployed.

By Andre L. | 8 March 2012 9:41 AM

How can Dutch women claim to be so independent if they work so little? Unless they are highly qualified (I doubt it) nobody can earn a living working 12 hours a week.

By Sambatullips | 8 March 2012 10:11 AM

@Michael K: CBS has 6 different and complementary measurements of unemployment. They release such data often, but just one of their measures get all the attention.

There is a measure for underemployment: people who'd like to work more hours, have a FTE below 0.6 and can't find extra jobs.

By Andre L. | 8 March 2012 11:03 AM

The fertility rate of the Dutch is just fine, the 3rd highest in European Union.

By Andre L. | 8 March 2012 11:04 AM

Lefty: no, it is not difficult to be recognized as a woman in Dutch offices. Dutch men are used to take orders from their mothers and wives back home. Just do the same, so they will not feel the difference! :)

By joanna | 8 March 2012 11:16 AM

Yes well its easier than looking after the house, plus all thos expensive ipad gadgets need paying for... Discuss.

By Simon Worst | 8 March 2012 1:29 PM

What I really want to know is how many of those women have really chosen to work part time to take care of their household. I have met Dutch women who talk about feeling the pressure (from their own families, from society) to work less once they have a kid. I work full time myself, and I have been asked many times, in the local direct style, "when are you going to start working part time?", as in, this is something women must choose once they are over 30. And I do agree that the article glosses over the major finding of the study: Only 18% Dutch women work more than 35 hours a week.

By Alice | 8 March 2012 3:10 PM

Of course they fake unemployment numbers. All the ladies that work "part-time" are counted as employed. Blah, and then they have the courage to be feminists!

By Idioteque | 9 March 2012 8:36 AM

"What possible substantive work can be done in such a small amount of time?"

Ah, the live to work people. Gotta love them...if one isn't chained to some desk full-time, then they aren't working.

Perhaps they are checking through your groceries? Serving your lattes? Cleaning your office space? Delivering your mail? Babysitting your kids? While raising their children? Going to school?

12 hours is still three-hour shifts, four times a week.

Are you jealous?

By CW | 9 March 2012 9:08 AM

Lefty:I'm a professional and ambitious woman that this year will not be able to pay 40 hrs of creche. I don't need to be recognized as an ambitious woman, I just need to be able to work. If you think that the hours you work are going to make your colleagues to take you seriously, well, I respect that. I am very lucky I don’t need that to be a respected professional where I work. But with the shocking costs of child care in this country and allowance cut we have to choose between one of the parents working less hours and a sensible save or both working full time and having less at the end of the month.

By AMaria | 9 March 2012 1:46 PM

"If you are an ambitious woman, it is very difficult to be recognised as such in the Netherlands." Indeed. And who ever got anywhere without some recognition? Many Dutch women believe they have equal opportunities and pick their own way toward gradually reduced ambitions. But diverging expectations based on the dominant culture is a stubborn cause for discrimination: You can't beat logic. If you are young, and ambitious, and a woman, the Netherlands is not for you. I left. I love visiting. I won't come back.

By Go North, Young Woman | 11 March 2012 10:33 AM

Agree with Matt 100%! Anything less than 30 hours a week can not be considered a job, but a hobby. These statistics try to give the impression that most Dutch women are working, when in fact most are not (by choice). And the examples given by CW (cashier, server, babysitter, etc) are indeed substantial work, but 3 hour shifts? Sorry, thats not a job. All of those examples can however be done on full-time basis, and if not, it is possible to have more than one of these part-time jobs and thus create at least 30 hours of work a week, which is what one could consider a part-time contribution. Anything less than that is a hobby.

By Broseph | 19 March 2012 1:08 PM

Newsletter| RSS| Advertising| Business services| Mobile| Friends| Privacy| Contact| About us| Tell a Friend
Apartments for rent Rondvaart - Amsterdam