Work in progress: retirement age in the Netherlands creeps up

Work in progress: retirement age in the Netherlands creeps up

People in the Netherlands retired on average five months later in 2017 than they did in 2016, as the state pension age continues to rise. Last year, the average retirement age was 64 years and 10 months, the national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday. At the beginning of this century, the average retirement age was 61. Just four in 10 workers retire before they reach the age of 65, compared with almost nine in 10 in 2006. The state pension age has been increased steadily since 2013 and will reach 67 years and three months by 2022. Education The CBS figures also show people with a college or university degree are likely to retire 10 months earlier than manual workers. 'This is all to do with affordability,' CBS chief economist Peter Hein van Mulligen told the Telegraaf. 'It costs a lot to be able to retire at 63 and people with lower levels of education cannot allow themselves to do this.'  More >

Deliveroo challenged over delivery workers

Deliveroo challenged again over self employed delivery workers Trade union FNV is taking meal delivery service Deliveroo to court for paying its delivery staff as if they are self employed while in fact they work for the British company, according to broadcaster NOS. Delivery workers earn too little as self employed riders and Deliveroo is using a fake self-employment set-up to get round giving them proper jobs, FNV spokesman Willem Dijkhuizen told NOS. Since February, Deliveroo’s 1,750 delivery workers in the Netherlands have become freelancers which, the company says, means they will be able to keep more of their earnings. Riders are now paid per delivery rather than per hour and now earn, on average, more than €13.50 an hour, the company said in a letter to delivery workers. But the Riders Union, set up by disgruntled couriers, says that because delivery staff now have to pay for insurance, they actually earn less. In addition, because they only get paid per delivery, they  have an uncertain income. 'Deliveroo's riders have the right to a pay deal and a decent income,' Dijkhuizen said. 'We are going to court because the company won't listen.' This is not the only court case facing Deliveroo. Student Sytze Ferwerda, who is being backed by the Labour party, has raised enough money via crowdfunding to pay for a lawyer to challenge the Deliveroo's new contracts. ‘I am a student, I’m not a little company,’ Ferwerda told RTL last year. Britain In London, judges on Friday overruled a ruling that riders should be treated as self-employed, the Daily Mail reported. An independent workers union went to the high court to overturn an earlier ruling which confirmed the 'self-employed' status of those working for the delivery firm. A full appeal hearing will now take place later this year.   More >

'NL must be welcoming to migrant workers'

The Netherlands must remain welcoming to migrant workers: employers People from central and eastern Europe filled almost 5% of Dutch jobs in 2016, according to new research carried out for the employment agency umbrella organisation ABU. Together, they contributed €11bn to the Netherlands national income and without their input, Dutch firms would be forced to move or adapt their operations, the research, by SEO Economisch Onderzoek, said. Half of the 371,000 people from central and eastern Europe working in the Netherlands in 2016 were employed via staffing agencies. 'The demand for more migrant labourers will only increase in the coming years,' said ABU director Jurrien Koops. 'This is due both to economic growth and the fact that the working population will shrink from 2021.' In addition, migrant workers mainly do simple and routine jobs, which can't be filled by Dutch workers, he said. 'So we cannot talk of them taking Dutch jobs,' Koops said. 'Dutch workers simply don't want to do such work given the pay and the flexibility which it demands.' Nevertheless, efforts will need to be made to make sure the Netherlands remains attractive for seasonal and temporary workers, Koops said. Housing In particular the shortage of good affordable housing is a major issue, and many seasonal workers are living in overcrowded flats or on holiday parks. Several local councils across the Netherlands are bringing in local laws to restrict the number of Eastern Europeans living in certain residential areas, saying they want to keep residential areas ‘liveable’ by limiting the number of foreign workers. 'ABU is asking local politicians to show leadership and not to give in to false sentiment about stealing jobs and houses,' he said. 'Work together with staffing and housing agencies to eradicate the shortage of quality accommodation.This is the only way our regions will remain a draw to both companies and foreign workers.' Polish community Research into the Netherlands' Polish community by the government's socio-cultural think-tank SCP earlier this year found three quarters expect to live in the Netherlands for at least the next five years. In particular agriculture and greenhouse horticulture are heavily dependent on Polish workers, the SCP said. Despite having jobs and working long hours, Polish nationals earn on average a third less than the Dutch and 17% live in poverty. However, just 1.8% are claiming welfare benefits, compared with 2.6% of the Dutch population as a whole.  More >

More Dutch work elsewhere in Europe

More Dutch work elsewhere in Europe, but they still prefer to stay home There has been a sharp increase in the number of Dutch nationals living in another European country over the past five years, but the percentage of Dutch who have moved elsewhere is still below the EU average. New figures from the European statistics agency Eurostat show that 3.2% of the Dutch live elsewhere in the EU, a rise of 0.5 percentage points on five years ago. But this is still below the EU average of 3.8%, Eurostat said. The most mobile Europeans are Romanians - almost 20% of the population live elsewhere in Europe. Germans are the most stay-at-home Europeans, followed by the British. Other research published earlier this week showed the Dutch are among the least likely Europeans to want to work abroad. The research among almost 10,000 EU workers by salary processor ADP, showed that just 3% of Dutch workers are open to working in another European country, the lowest rate among all eight EU countries in the study.  More >

Dutch are happy to work in NL

Dutch happy to work at home, just 3% are considering a job abroad The Dutch are among the least likely Europeans to want to work abroad, according to research among almost 10,000 EU workers by salary processor ADP. The research, which included 1,300 Dutch nationals, showed that just 3% of Dutch workers are open to working in another European country, the lowest rate among all eight EU countries in the study. Loyalty is also a major issue among Dutch workers. Some 37% of those polled said they would prefer to spend the rest of their working lives with the same employer, a rise from 22% a year ago. 'The tight labour market means that people are more confident that they can find a job close to home,' Martijn Brandt, ADP director, said. 'Many people who want to work abroad are driven by economic necessity - they can find the job there which they could not find here.'   More >