The labour market in the Netherlands is developing at an obvious advantage of employers. Data from UWV shows that the number of vacant post decreases, but that the entrepreneurs are able to choose from many candidates. And out of these candidates they never choice elderly and disabled people. Young people, who had longer and higher education and now coming to the labour market, are much more accepted.
The mantra has been a long time the same: employer, the elderly leave, so beware of the coming labour shortage. Employers Association VNO-NCW says that there should be invest in training and keeping staff employable. But in the economic recession companies don’t keep at the elderly policy and they don’t hire disabled people. Also, the period of the temporary contracts are getting longer and the education require of vacant post are getting higher.
In 2011 there were 647,000 filled vacant post, in 12,000 cases a 55-plus-adopted, according to data from UWV. In September last year 5,000 companies surveyed about their jobs. Temporary jobs were not included. The number of elderly accepted is assumed 2% of total vacant post filled. Employees with disabilities scored the same percentage. In absolute numbers it‘s around 10,000 employees
And the anticipating on the future isn’t that well. Only 9% of the companies that employ 55-plus take measures to ensure future scarcity. In 2010 it was 27%. Although it isn’t very strange, because most of the traders have no problems with replacing retirees.
Few employers anticipate on the future. In the short term it’s understandable because a lot of the companies are trying to get through the recession. But on longer term it’s an undesirable development.