Labor Market Inventory
The Netherlands has a population of nearly 17 million people. The current and projected population growth is high compared to international standards, which is a promising sign for the future availability of Dutch employees. During the first decade of the 21st century, the relative population growth in the Netherlands was higher than in the European Union as a whole.
The present labor availability matches the needs of businesses, given the composition of the Dutch population and available workforce. A high proportion of the population is in the economically “active” ages (15-64 years). Analysis of the labor force shows that many recent graduates from universities and higher vocational training institutions are specialized in the fields of technology or economics.Moreover, the majority of Dutchmen speak one or more foreign languages.
The composition of the Dutch labor force has a relatively high proportion of young people participating in the labor force. They are increasingly hired as temporary employees. Besides these temporary employees, there is also a trend towards using job pools (several companies and organizations sharing the same employees) to increase the flexibility of labor.
Like in most European countries, the service industry, including components such as banking, insurance and transportation, employs more people than any other sector in the Netherlands. The manufacturing industry ranks second.