Seven in 10 Dutch women have a job but most still work part time


There has been no increase in the proportion of women having a job over the past 10 years and women still only fill one in four senior management positions, according to the latest edition of the government’s Emancipation Monitor.

Seven in 10 women aged 20 to 64 have some form of job but most women still work part time, the report shows. The monitor is compiled every two years by the government’s socio-cultural policy unit SCP and national statistics office CBS.

It shows women work an average of 26.6 hours a work, compared with 37.7 hours for men. Women also earn an average of 20% less than men in the private sector and 10% less in the public sector.

Just 54% women in the Netherlands are considered to be economically independent. Women who get divorced see their spending power plunge by 25%, while men barely notice the difference, the report shows.

Women do fill around half of senior civil service jobs but only around one in five executive positions in the private sector. More women may work part time but even when this is taken into account, they are still under-represented in senior management jobs, the survey found.

Nevertheless, the report did show some positive changes. Around half of all new fathers take either a full or half a day off a week to take care of their children.

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