Artists more often have a low income and are more often dependent on benefits than other employed persons in the Netherlands, despite being a profession with a high education level. In the period between 2013 and 2015, over half of artists earned less than 30 thousand euros per year. The average for all employees is 39 percent, and 17 percent for all highly educated workers, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday.
The life expectancy for people over the age of 65 in the Netherlands is slightly lower than previously predicted. According to Statistics Netherlands' current prediction, 65-year-olds can now expect to live another 20.5 years, instead of the previous prediction of 20.7 years. This will likely mean that the retirement age in the Netherlands will not increase further, RTL Nieuws reports.
Union FNV is calling attention to the wage gap between men and women on Friday, Equal Pay Day in the Netherlands. The union organized a debate with Dutch politicians and companies on the differences in salaries between male and female employees. According to FNV vice president Kitty Jong, it is high time for companies and politicians to close this gap, NOS reports.
Homeowners in the Netherlands are more often satisfied with their homes and their living environment than people living in a rental, according to an analysis by Statistics Netherlands based on figures from 2015 of the Housing Study Netherlands. Of all households in the Netherlands, 87 percent are satisfied with their homes and 82 percent with their living environment.
A massive 93.8 percent of homeowners said they're happy with their home and 86.5 percent said they're happy with their living environment, compared to 76.6 percent and 75.2 percent respectively among tenants.
Home prices in Amsterdam increased sharply in Amsterdam in the third quarter, while the number of home sales in the entire Noord-Holland dropped, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry. Home prices in Amsterdam were 13.8 percent higher, compared to the third quarter last year. Nationwide, home prices increased by 7.6 percent.
Home sales in the Netherlands reached record high in the third quarter. Over 61 thousand homes were sold, the highest number ever sold in one quarter. These transactions involved over 16 billion euros.
Over 60 percent of young people who received their vocational MBO diploma last year, are happy with the course they followed and the school they attended, according to Statistics Netherlands. The rest would make different choices if they could do it again.
In September 4.9 percent of the Dutch labor force were unemployed, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and benefits agency UWV. This figure is the same as in August of this year, but lower than the 5.7 percent unemployment rate of September 2016.
The unemployment rate only includes unemployed people who want work and are available to start immediately. It does not include people who want to work, but aren't immediately available, or people with part time work who want to work more.
A total of 4,400 people applied for asylum in the Netherlands in the third quarter of this year, and 2,300 people joined family members that already have residency in the country, Statistics Netherlands reports. This is the first time since the third quarter of 2016 that the number of new asylum requests is higher than family reunification applications.
Female workers are more likely to call in sick to work than their male counterparts, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. This difference is largest in the age group 25- to 35-years, where female workers are absent from work due to illness almost twice as much as men - 4.3 percent compared to 2.2 percent. According to the stats office, this can be attributed to illness during pregnancy and after childbirth.
The Rutte III government's plans for a new tax system, will result in 5.4 million workers in the Netherlands paying less income tax, and 2.1 million workers paying more income tax, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday after questions from various media sources.
Of all the countries in the European Union, the Netherlands spends the most money on importing insects, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Thursday. In the first half of this year, the Netherlands spent 8.2 million euros on importing live insects, five times more than in 2012.
Two million women in the Netherlands are not economically independent and are therefore financially vulnerable, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday based on figures from 2016. About a million men find themselves in the same position.
Of the financially vulnerable men, 27 percent have paid work, but earn less than a welfare benefit. The same is true for 35 percent of financially vulnerable women. 28 percent of the men receive a welfare benefit and 21 percent receive an occupational disability benefit. Among the women it is 17 and 13 percent.
Registered crime in the Netherlands dropped for the second year in a row in 2016, according to the criminal law and enforcement report published by Statistics Netherlands, scientific research and documentation center WODC and the Judicial Council on Monday. The police registered fewer crimes and arrested fewer suspects in 2016 than in 2015, resulting a decrease in cases through almost the entire criminal law chain.
Women in the Netherlands working in flexible employment wait longer to start a family than women with permanent employment contracts, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.
In the period between 2003 and 2015, the stats office looked at a group of 25 thousand childless women between the ages of 18 and 45 who have a partner. The stats office specifically looked at which of these women had a child within the first year of joining the working population.
A fifth of Dutch companies with at least 10 employees, dealt with the consequences of a cyber attack last year, Statistics Netherlands revealed in a study on IT incidents on Monday. Companies in the financial- and energy sectors are most vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to the stats office.
Over 12 percent of Dutch girls between the ages of 15 and 18 years have been bullied online, almost twice as many as boys in the same age group, Statistics Netherlands reported based on figures from the Safety Monitor. The total number of Netherlands residents over the age of 15 that faced cyber bullying remained stable at 3 percent between 2014 and 2016. That is about 400 thousand people, ANP reports.
The average purchasing power of Dutch increased by 2.7 percent last year, the strongest increase since 2007, Statistics Netherlands announced on Friday. Despite this, one in three Dutch saw their purchasing power decrease, NU.nl reports.
The increase can be attributed to a package of debt relief measures and an average of 1.8 percent increase in collective bargaining agreement wages, according to the stats office. The 0.3 percent increase in consumer prices, pushed purchasing power down somewhat.
Income disparities in the Netherlands remained virtually unchanged since 2001, despite the financial crisis and the aging population, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
Disparities in income from salary, profit and wealth rose. But this rise was reversed by increasing redistribution through social benefits, taxes and premiums. And while increased labor participation among women reduced the inequality for redistribution, the aging population and economic crisis increased this inequality, according to the stats office.
Eight out of ten still-working millionaires in the Netherlands are self-employed, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. They can mainly be found in agriculture, trade, financial services and business services. 19 percent of still working millionaires are farmers.
This is based on Statistics Netherlands data dated 1 January 2015. On that date the Netherlands counted 106 thousand households with a capital of one million euros or more. About two thirds of these millionaires had work as the main source of income. The rest consists mainly of retirees.
The number of companies in the Netherlands being declared bankrupt continues to decrease. In August 39 fewer companies were declared bankrupt than in July, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. The number of bankruptcies in the Netherlands is now at its lowest level since 2001.
A total of 258 companies and institutions, excluding sole proprietorships, were declared bankrupt in August. The trade sector saw the most bankruptcies with 67, followed by financial institutions (35) and the construction industry (25).
Last year the Public Prosecutor decided to drop 20 percent of all completed criminal cases, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. Ten years ago, 10 percent of criminal cases were dropped, ANP reports.
A group of Amsterdam residents marched through the Kinkerbuurt on Thursday night to protest against the gentrification of Amsterdam West and the problems caused by tourism, Het Parool reports.
They carried banners and megaphones, shouting slogans like "Amsterdam, not for sale!" and "Who's city, our city!". The procession stopped at various locations, including at Jan Pieter Heijestraat, where there are plans to build a long-stay hotel with apartments, instead of housing.
A massive 31 percent of people who receive welfare benefits in the Netherlands are also receiving psychological treatment, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and Harvard University. Among people who work or go to school, 10 percent undergo psychological treatment, NOS reports.
The Netherlands saw an increase in greenhouse gas emissions last year. The total greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 197 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents, 1 percent more than in 2015, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday based on preliminary figures.
CO2 equivalents are used to add up the effects of different greenhouse gasses, such as methane and nitrous oxide, on the environment. 1 kilogram of CO2 equivalent is equal to the effect of 1 kilogram of CO2.