The labor market in the Netherlands will change significantly the next twenty years, including the role of employers. This can be seen from a symposium recently organized by Institute for Policy Research, called “Everybody at work … What now? ‘. During the symposium, they tried scenarios for the future labor market to consider. It was assumed that by 2030 almost everyone in the Netherlands has a job. Developments such as the aging population, a changing nature of work and a culture and mentality change in the field of work, result in a structural increase in employment. There is a 90-90 model: at least 90 percent of the workforce works at least 90 percent. The increase in employment occurs among both men and women. The average retirement age is increasing: the elderly to work longer.
This new baseline has several consequences for Dutch society. According to project leader Bram Frouws at the symposium discussed included the implications for health and welfare, education and planning. “The demand for care will increase enormously, there have been forecasts of people who say that a few years actually all school care in order to meet the demand for staff to meet. Therefore you new forms of care are needed, where you work more efficiently without doing violence to the quality. People will also be more responsible for their own health. And also you can think of ten percent of the Dutch who don’t can come in a job, but things like being able to do. ” Regarding education was among the topics discussed lifelong learning: ‘Where is the accountability? That will lie with three parties: employee, employer and government. In a tight labor market, employers will have to do everything to work fun and interesting, so education is a good way. That incentive is created naturally. ” Regarding the planning, event focused on a regional dichotomy between Randstad and periphery. “There are regions (such as Groningen and Limburg) which are already dealing with shrinkage. Committed by and there is an even greater concentration in the Randstad place? This depends heavily on the government. Creates the conditions for a greater concentration or dispersal will be betting on? ”
The role of employers will change as well, according Frouws: “The labor shortage that we saw a few years ago, will definitely return. Employees are increasingly end up in a luxurious position where they can make demands on employers. Employers will therefore work as attractive as possible. I also expect that the rewards will go up, something that does not mean that the purchasing power increases correspondingly because life is too expensive. ”
The symposium was organized by Institute for Policy Research, a commercial agency for policy research, on the occasion of the 30-year existence. The symposium is part of a scenario study on the future of the Netherlands at the end of this year.