Despite the fact that cities are the engine behind the Dutch economy, the wealth gap in cities only increased in Dutch cities over the past years, according to the Netherlands' environmental assessment agency PBL in a report titled "The divided triumph of cities'.
The number of active welfare benefits in the Netherlands keeps growing. Last year 450 thousand people received welfare benefits, 16 thousand more than in 2014. The increase can almost completely be attributed to over-45-year-olds and under-27-year-olds, according to Statistics Netherlands.
It is unrealistic to think that wages will increase in the near future, according to an article in the Dutch central bank DNB's magazine the DNBulletin
After receiving a number of nearly identical rejections to job applications, recently graduated Maastricht University student Mohamed El Alili (24) decided to try a little experiment. He changed the name on one of his applications from Mohamed to Matthijs and resubmitted it to Utrecht company Cure 4, only to be invited to an interview
Benefits agency UWV expects that the Dutch labor market will continue to recover in 2016, with 102 extra jobs created this year. If the self-employment jobs are included, the growth in jobs is even higher at 129 thousand. In 2015 a total of 56 thousand jobs were created
Google Netherlands will be introducing a campaign that is aimed at teaching entrepreneurs digital skills and how to do better business online. The aim for this campaign is to help them with the ultimate achievement of growing their businesses. The Digital Workshop will use a practical, accessible, and free handle for Dutch self-employed and small business owners
The economic situation in the Netherlands looked slightly better in August 2015 than in July, according to Statistics Netherlands' Business Cycle Tracer. Almost all indicators on the Tracer performed better in August than their long-term trends.
Despite the recovering labor market, the number of people on welfare increased by 4 percent over the first two quarters of this year.
A total of 10,732 jobs were created for people with disabilities at the end of 2014 - 9,224 in the private sector and 1,508 in the public sector.
There is an increasing gap between highly educated people and people with a lower education in the Netherlands. This gap will continue to grow larger if something doesn't change in the development in the labor market. This will result in a higher unemployment rate and poverty among low-educated people.
Young workers and employers want the minimum youth wage to be abolished. Employers Organization AWVN Young HR and unions CNV Youth, FNV Jong and VCP Professionals have reached a so-called youth agreement on what collective bargaining agreements should look like in the future, NU reports.
Somalis in the Netherlands often struggle financially. Only about one in five Somali Dutch have work and about half of them are living on benefits. The Somalis is by far the population in the Netherlands with the most problems in the labor market.
Compared to the rest of Europe, the Netherlands has one of the worst job markets for people who do not have two Dutch parents, the Volkskrant reports based on figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat.
Consumer confidence has barely changed between January and February 2015, despite December 2014 yielding about a 0.5 percent increase on goods and services spending from the same month the previous year, reported Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported on Friday.
The jobs plan in Groningen will get 45 million euro. Employers and trade unions in the region are investing 27 million euro and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs and Labor) has made approximately 18 million euro available for the plan.
According to Statistic Netherlands, employment increased further in the 4th quarter of 2014 with the largest increase in 3.5 years. The number of vacancies also continues to increase. This means that the situation in the labor market further improved during 2014.
According to figures from Statistics Netherlands, the increase of women in the labor market has leveled off after the significant increase between 1998 and 2013.
The Dutch economy will be slightly better than expected in 2015. The gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 1.5 percent. That is a slightly higher growth than the 1.25 percent that was expected in previous calculations.
The arrival of migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe has caused the displacement of Dutch employees in a number of industries. It is cheaper for employers to hire staff through foreign companies as they often don't have to pay social insurance or make pension contributions.
According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the Dutch system of provision has "a kind of ingrained fear of inequality". He said this on Wednesday in the Kerdijklezing in the Hague.
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.
Statistics, published by Statistics Netherlands, Friday, show a substantial increase in the number of people who had to apply for social security benefits in 2013. The increase was the largest since 2009, with 413,000 recipients by the end of December 2013.
Social Affairs Minister Lodewijk Asscher will contribute 1 million euros to help former Aldel staff and subcontractors find new jobs, according to a letter he wrote to Parliament Friday.