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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 10:03
More people need second jobs
According to figures from the Social Cultural Planning Office (SCP) more people now have more than one job than in 1986. More people also combine work with other tasks such as volunteer work or studying. The number of workers with at least a second job increased from 3% of all workers in 1986 to 8 percent of all workers in 2012. Among the self employed it increased from 5 percent to 13 percent, the study shows. A third of these workers work more than 40 hours per week. What is remarkable is that the people with more than job do not only choose to have a second job because they cannot survive on one salary. People often choose a 2nd job because that job offers an opportunity to develop themselves. A (part-time) job can also be a good starting point to start their own business. The fact that Dutch people now work more on average than in the 80's is largely due to the fact that older people now continue to work for longer. In 1986 only 36 percent of people over 55 still work. In 2012 61 percent of people between the ages of 55 and 65 years had paid work.