The fast-growing Dutch economy and the increasing tightness of the jobs market have combined to put more pressure on workers, the national statistics office CBS reported on Tuesday.
Corporate managers and teachers topped the list of those who put in overtime, the study revealed. In both 2013 and 2017, 56% of managers regularly chalked up overtime hours. In the teaching profession, 45% said they worked overtime.
On average, 33.6% of all those with a fixed work contract said they put in some extra hours in 2017. People in the services sector worked the least overtime. Catering staff and cleaners are generally paid by the hour, the report noted.
Somewhat surprisingly, 34% of all workers in the 2017 study said they never put in extra hours at their jobs: 37% of women and 31% of men.
The average overtime for those who did work extra hours was six hours a week for those who regularly stayed late in the office and three hours for those who did so irregularly.
‘ A Dutch teacher spends 900 hours teaching students, this compares with 600 hours in Finland, ‘ a spokesman for teachers support group Stichting Leekracht told public broadcaster NOS.
‘So it does not surprise us that Dutch teachers are overworked. Everyone wants something from a teacher – students, parents, management, school inspectors. There are countless reports to be completed as well,’ he said.
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