Thursday 06 May 2021

More pay deals include agreements on working at home:

More pay deals include agreements on working at home:

Almost a third of the pay and conditions agreements currently in effect have clauses about working from home, compared with just 8% last year, employers organisation AWVN has told news website ‘Working from home is clearly at the top of all the lists in pay and conditions negotiations, for both workers and employers,’ spokesman Jannes van der Velde said. The shift is that of ‘fast evolution’, he said. ‘It is not a revolution, because the phenomenon in itself is... More >

Rail strikes this week are off

Union FNV has cancelled this week’s strike action by traffic controllers following a preliminary agreement with rail operator ProRail, it said in a statement. The FNV Spoor union, which organised the strike, demanded a 2.8% pay rise, a shorter collective labour agreement and a wider application of the early retirement scheme. The CNV and VHS railway unions have already agreed to the ProRail offer. Agreement has been reached on a new collective labour agreement although the details of the deal... More >

Dutch consumers are more positive

Consumers are ‘less negative’ in April than they were in March, with the consumer confidence index rising four points to -14, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday. And for the first time since December 2018, people were positive about the economic prospects for the next 12 months, the CBS said. They are also slightly more willing to make major purchases. Consumer confidence reached its lowest ever point (-41) at the height of the financial crisis in March 2013. The... More >

One in five are working largely alone

One in five workers had a maximum of one personal meeting with a colleague during their working day by the end of last year, double the 2018 total, according to a new report by the TNO research institute and national statistics agency CBS. And people who are new to working in relative isolation do feel less attached to their company and are slightly less happy in their jobs than others, the survey showed. In total, 58,000 people took part in... More >

Zombies can become angels in jobs market

Most of the 1.6 million people whose jobs may become obsolete through digitalisation and automation will be able to use their knowledge and skills in new, future-proof job, a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers has claimed. Although the government has propped up many sectors during the corona crisis, such as transport, tourism, leisure and retail, many of the jobs that have been saved in this way are likely to become less relevant and disappear anyway, head economist at PwC Jan Willem Velthuijsen... More >

Freelancer disability insurance years off

Plans to introduce compulsory disability insurance for freelancers are likely to take ‘years’ to be introduced, caretaker social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees has told MPs in a briefing. The introduction of a compulsory disability insurance package for freelancers and the self-employed stems from the 2019 agreement on reforming pensions and was urged by unions and left-wing opposition parties GroenLinks and the PvdA. Currently few freelancers take out formal disability insurance and, say unions, this allows them to undercut salaried staff... More >

Fewer freelancers are working full time

Fewer freelancers now work full time thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, even though one in three would like to work more hours. In total, 895,000 people were full time (more than 35 hours a week) freelancers last year, a drop of 44,000 on 2019, national statistics agency CBS said on Monday. On in three freelancers who works less than 20 hours a week would like to increase the number of hours they work, compared with one in four before the... More >