More than half of Dutch people work full time
Christian Fernsby | ▼ February 26, 2020
In 2019, just over half of the Dutch working population had a working week of 35 hours or more.
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Approximately 8 percent worked more than 40 hours per week on average.
Managers and agricultural workers are most likely to put in more than 40 hours.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports this based on new figures from the Labour Force Survey.
Last year, there were 9.0 million people in work in the Netherlands.
At 31 hours, the average working week has been relatively stable for a decade.
4.6 million people were working full time, i.e. 35 hours or more in the context of this survey.
Employees working full time are most likely to work between 35 and 40 hours per week.
Self employed persons are more likely to work over 40 hours per week.
For example, one third of the self employed indicated in 2019 that they worked 40 hours per week, versus 3 percent of the employees.
In 2019, 27 percent of women worked full time, i.e.
24 percent among employees and 41 percent among self employed.
This means that the share of full time female workers has increased in recent years.
In 2016, this share stood at 25 percent.
In the same period, the proportion of full time male workers fell from 74 to 72 percent.
The gap between full time employees and self employed is narrower among men than among women.
Not only are men more likely to work full time than women, they are also more likely to put in over 40 hours per week.
In all age categories between 25 and 64 years, more than half are full time workers.
At 61 percent, the proportion of full time workers is highest among 25 to 34 year olds.
Young people and the over 65s, on the other hand, are more likely to have part time jobs.
The share working more than 40 hours per week is highest among 45 to 54 year olds, namely 11 percent.
The top 5 occupations with the highest share of full time workers are managers (85 percent) and occupations in ICT, engineering, public administration, security and legal services, and agriculture.
The lowest proportion of full time workers can be found in education, care and welfare and in services.
For example, 10 percent of caregivers and 37 percent of teachers work full time.
These are also professions with a large number of female workers.
Occupations with the highest rate of persons working over 40 hours are those in the agricultural sector (31 percent) and managers (23 percent). ■ What to read next
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