Jobs market is seizing up, while atmosphere at work worsens
The Dutch labour market is stagnating, with workers unwilling to risk losing permanent contracts by moving jobs, according to research by organisational consultancy Group Berenschot.
‘People are not prepared to give up their permanent jobs for a temporary contract,’ a spokesman for Berenschot told RTL news. ‘But the difficult housing market is also a problem, with people less willing to move location for a new job.’
Berenschot says the reluctance to switch jobs has led to a shortage of staff in the IT and IT service sectors, technical staff in manufacturing and production workers for farming and fisheries. At the same time, there is a surplus of welfare and social workers and civil servants.
Despite the housing crisis, demand for qualified building workers is also above average, the survey found.
Meanwhile, research by the national association of workplace counsellors shows the economic crisis has led to a worsening atmosphere at work.
‘Management is getting tougher, the atmosphere worsens and all sorts of measures are being taken without staff being kept up-to-date, even though it affects their work,’ spokeswoman Anne de Ruiter told BNR radio. ‘A good atmosphere leads to better financial results.’
Many Dutch companies have one or more formally-appointed confidants whom workers can approach to talk about problems on the work floor in complete confidence.
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