The number of women in work has increased faster than the number of working men over the past ten years, the central statistics agency CBS said on Monday.
The number of women in work in the second quarter of 2015 reached 3.8 million, an increase of 0.4% on 2005.
There were 4.5 million working men, an increase of 0.1% over the same period, the CBS said.
The trend comes from an increased net participation in work by women – the number of working women out of the total number of women in the Netherlands. This is currently 60.5%. Ten years ago it was 56.5%.
The increase comes from the fact that women are continuing to work to a much older age, according to the CBS.
More women between 45 and 75 years of age are working in the service sectors such as catering. Young women are more likely to find jobs in the retail sector, with this group accounting for nearly half of young women with a commercial job.
The participation of women In teaching and company administration grew particularly strongly.
However, three-quarters of women work part-time.
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