Sunday 26 January 2020

Wages in the Netherlands rise 2.5%, but are outstripped by inflation

Catering sector wages have increased. Photo: Jan Kranendok via

Workers in the Netherlands whose pay is negotiated collectively saw their wages rise an average of 2.5% last year, the biggest increase in 10 years, national statistics agency CBS says.

However, the increase is marginally below inflation, which rose 2.6% in 2019 as a whole. It is the first time in five years that inflation has outstripped collective (CAO) wage rises, the CBS said.

The biggest rise – 3.1% – went to people working in the hospitality industry, where there are major staff shortages. The lowest – 1.6% – was recorded in the information and communication sectors.

The definitive figures will be published later this month.

Wage costs to employers rose 3.1% due to an increase in both unemployment and invalidity benefit premiums. 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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