Not ready to retire: 2,700 Dutch over-80s still have a paid job

Not ready to retire: 2,700 Dutch over-80s still have a paid job

Some 2,700 people over the age of 80 still had a paid job in the Netherlands in September last year, according to the national statistics office CBS. Of them, 2,300 had a permanent job and 400 worked on flexible contracts, the agency said. Elderly men are three times more likely to work than women. While most of the over-80s worked part time - not more than 12 hours a week - 700 were still putting in a full working week. They were most likely to work in financial services or the retail trade. A relatively large proportion of the over 80s also work in farming. This is often because it can be difficult for farmers to find a successor, the CBS said.  More >

'Decent jobs key to solve skill shortage'

Jobs Employers who complain about the shortage of skilled craftsmen and women in the Netherlands only have themselves to blame, the chairman of the CNV trade union federation told the Telegraaf on Monday. The construction industry, hospitality industry and IT are all crying out for skilled staff but 'these are the sectors which have done all they can to make themselves as unattractive as possible,' Maurice Limmen told the paper. 'These are employers who have destroyed secondary benefits,' Limmen said. The construction sector has sacked people and re-employed them as freelancers while the hospitality industry has 'refused to agree a pay deal, has dreadful working conditions and has done little in terms of training and is now suffering from a shortage of staff,' he said. In addition, employers and politicians should not be bringing in people from abroad to fill the gaps, he said. 'Invest in professionals through training and permanent contracts and look at all the wasted labour potential,' he said. 'You make your sector attractive by offering decent jobs.' The Randstad temporary employment agency recently suggested that the Netherlands needs to bring in 80,000 skilled workers to fill the gaps while the construction sector lobby group Bouwend Nederland has said it is looking abroad.  More >

Most will have more on their salary slips

Jobs Most workers in the Netherlands will get a few more euros paid into their bank accounts this month because of changes to the tax system and other work-related premiums, according to salary processing firm ADP. People earning upwards of €56,000 a year, or twice the average pay, will have some €16 more a month to spend. People on average incomes or the minimum wage will earn some €7 more a month, ADP said. However, people earning €1,000 to €1,500 a month - mainly part-timers and youngsters on minimum youth wages - will take home a couple of euros less a month. This they will be able to claim back via their annual tax return, ADP said. Pensioners with a private pension scheme on top of their state AOW lose most. This is because they have to pay higher health insurance premiums, which people in work get paid by their employer. The increase in health insurance contributions will also have an impact on self-employed people's income.  More >

Dutch wages rose 1.5% last year

Jobs Cross-sector wage rises averaged 1.5% last year, down on the 1.8% average increase agreed in 2016, national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. Farm workers benefited the most - their pay rose 2.3% - while hairdressers were at the bottom of the heap with a 1% rise, the agency said. This year centrally-agreed pay rises are likely to top 2.1%, according to preliminary research by the AWVN employers organisation, news agency ANP reported. A large majority of the Netherlands’ employers feel wages should now be rising, according to a survey of around 1,000 decision makers carried out for the Financieele Dagblad in October. Both former finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem and central bank president Klaas Knot have called for pay increases, saying that an increase in spending power will boost economic growth.   More >

55% of freelancers have other income

Jobs Over 55% of the 1.5 million people in the Netherlands officially classed as self-employed have another source of income, such as a job, social security benefits or a pension, according to research by national statistics office CBS. At the same time, 60% of the self-employed earn most of their income from their freelance work, the CBS said. Some 650,000 people only have income from their freelance jobs, earning an average €28,000 a year. The average freelance income of people who also have a regular job or other source of income is €20,000. Their jobs, pensions or benefits add a further €6,700 to their income. There is a wide difference in how reliant the self-employed are on their freelance income, depending on their area of work. In the construction industry, nine in 10 people earn most of their income from freelancing. However, 50% of people who work as one-man companies in the education, healthcare and government sectors see their freelance earnings as an extra on top of their regular job.  More >