Big shortage of technology sector staff predicted in ING report


The Dutch technology sector needs 120,000 workers over the next 12 years if it is to maintain current growth trends, according to a report by ING carried out for employers organisation FME. Between 20% and 25% of companies in the sector say staff shortages are a hindrance for their activities, the Telegraaf said on Thursday. Annual growth of 4% will require an estimated 50,000 extra employees by 2030. In the meantime, 70,000 current employees will retire, causing severe problems in the sector, the report said. 'Partnership between education and the industry will have to be intensified, certainly now that ageing is affecting the sector,'  FME chairman Ineke Dezentjé Hamming told the paper. 'In addition we are going to have to improve supplementary training. We are going to appeal to the government to address the problem as soon as possible,' she said. ING economist Marieke Blom told the paper it is feasible to obtain 120,000 new workers for the technology sector. 'We just have to ensure that the flow of students from the training institutes moves more quickly. In addition, we must start retraining employees of companies which are related to technology firms.' With annual growth of 9.5%, the technology sector is the fastest-growing in the Netherlands. 'And other parties such as temps agencies, installation firms and accountants also benefit,' Blom told the Telegraaf.  More >

Work-related burn-outs on the rise

Jobs The number of job-related burn-outs in the Netherlands is rising sharply and job insecurity is a major cause, the Volkskrant said on Wednesday. The paper said 15% of Dutch women suffered work-related stress this year, up from 9.4% two years ago. The number of men affected by burn-out increased from 6% to 9% in the same period, the paper said. The figures come from a new report compiled by Nyenrode University and the digital periodical Intermediar and involving some 72,000 people. Temporary Nyenrode researcher Jaap van Muijen said a major cause of the increase in job-related stress is the explosive growth of people working on temporary contracts. 'Our research indicates that people with a fixed contract suffer less from burn-out at work. The same goes for double income households who can fall back on the earnings of one partner, as well as for the highly skilled. The greater the income insecurity, the greater the risk of burn-out,' he said. Part-time jobs Parallel research by health and safety advisory group ArboNed showed that 58% of workers suffering from stress were part-timers but only 45% of employees had part-time jobs. ArboNed's Catelijne Joling confirmed that part-timers were more susceptible to stress than full-time employees. In particular four day a week jobs involve people being expected to do too much, she told the Financieele Dagblad. 'Three or five days a week is better,' she told the paper. ArboNed's research involved absenteeism rates at 60,000 small and medium-sized firms.  More >

Jobs growth strongest since 2008, says CBS

Dutch jobs growth strongest since 2008, says CBS A total of 51,000 new jobs were created in the third quarter of the year, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday. The number of jobs has risen 223,000 over the past year, representing the strongest growth since 2008. The biggest increase was registered in 2007 when 335,000 jobs were added to the Dutch total. In all, 10.2 million had some form of job in the third quarter of the year and the official unemployment rate fell again, the CBS said. Broadcaster RTL noted that the better educated were landing more jobs with fixed contracts, saying 5,336,000 of people in work had long-term agreements with their employer.  Jobs with permanent contracts accounted for 48,000 of the third quarter growth. But not everyone benefited from long-term contracts. Just 34,000 permanent jobs for people with low skills were created over the past year,the CBS figures show.  More >

Freelancers oppose pension scheme plan

Jobs Almost half of the Netherlands' freelancers oppose being forced to contribute to a special pension scheme for the self-employed, according to a survey of 500 independent contractors by market research group Gfk. Just one in four of the freelancers polled said they supported the idea of a compulsory pension scheme while 29% were undecided and 46% said no. The research, carried out for financial services group ABN Amro, also found 78% of freelancers have no sickness or invalidity insurance and over half had taken this decision deliberately, citing cost as a major concern. The national statistics office CBS said last month that roughly 1.8 million people in the Netherlands work as either full or part-time freelancers.  More >

The poor artist is no cliche in NL

Jobs Of all the professions, artists are most likely to be poor and reliant on state benefits, according to new research by national statistics office CBS. Around half of all those who classify themselves as artists had an income below €30,000 a year between 2013 and 2015, compared with 39% of workers as a whole and just 17% of those with a university or college degree. Just 15% of artists earn more than €60,000 a year, pushing them into the top income tax band, the CBS said. The research was carried out for the education and culture ministry. The CBS also said around one in five journalists and one in five city planners earn less than €30,000 a year.   More >