While the number of people in work has risen, the number of managers has dropped by 8%, from 531,000 to 490,000.
The figures, released on Tuesday by the central statistics office CBS, show that although female managers are still in the minority, their number has risen from 24% of managers to 26%.
The number of people working in Dutch companies and organisations in a management position has also risen: from one in 15 to one in 17.
The majority of job losses at management level were in the insurance and financial services sectors.
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