Too many Dutch women part-timers: thinktank

The fact that so many Dutch women work part-time causes low productivity and therefore less economic growth. This, according to Yves Leterme, is a weakness of the Dutch economy, the AD reports.

Leterme is Vice Secretary General for the thinktank OESO (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).

The ex-prime minister from Belgium points out that 76.9 percent of Dutch women work in a part-time job.

"Is that really a voluntary choice?" Leterme wonders. "I don't know. It can also be a necessity for women. And it's also possible that businesses don't let women stream through to full-time jobs. Why else would women in similar countries do work more hours?"