Tuesday, 5th of April 2011, Dutch Daily news present us an important news article, about part-time workers in the Netherlands. The Netherlands stands lonely at the top with almost 50% of the Dutch working population. Sweden comes second with only 26% part-time workers and Germany on third with 25%. On average not even one in five people work part-time in the European Union (CBS, Central Bureau of Statistics of the Netherlands). Especially, the part-time workers increased since the 15 years. Twenty-five percent of the working population worked part-time in 1993. That’s a lot lower than at the moment. The Dutch government reached with this an important guideline.
The Netherlands takes the lead especially with women. Seventy-five percent of working women from the age of 15 to 65 years old work part-time. “In all other EU countries 50% of women have a full-time job”. That means that one in three women in the EU works part-time (see article). When we look to males in the Netherlands, they tell us that one of the four males is working part-time. That’s a lot. Especially young males are working part-time with 62%. Dutch men in Europe are leading in part-time work. The Danish and Swedish men are second with 12%. I think that the highest rate of part-time working by males is because the Netherlands is a feminine country. That means that women are more important than in a lot of other countries.
The figure shows us the rates compared to other important countries in Europe.
Source: OECD, 2009
My question to you: what is your opinion about the high rate of part-time workers?