Wednesday 19 February 2020

Self-employed don’t back compulsory pension schemes


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. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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