In 2017, 25% of the 7.9 million working population of the Netherlands had a flexible employment contract, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.
The CBS said the numbers of ‘flexiworkers’ had increased by more than 850,000 between 2003 and 2017. This increase was largely taken up by youngsters under the age of 25 who now account for seven out of 10 flexible contracts, compared with four in 10 15 years ago.
Often people are forced into accept flexible contracts because they cannot find a traditional permanent job. The CBS said, however, that 80% of the under-25s with a flexible contract were students who combined part time work with their study.