Foreign firms ‘more productive’

Productivity at foreign-owned companies in Holland is up 23% since 2000, compared with 15% at Dutch-owned companies, says the CBS.

One reason is that foreign firms tend to be concentrated in sectors which a high productivity rate, the CBS says. However, even within the same sector – such as retail, catering or car repairs – the difference is marked, the organisation says.
The CBS points out that productivity figures are also influenced by the fact that foreign firms may have a head office overseas. In addition, companies only set up in the Netherlands if it is cost effective to do so.

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