The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recently released the figures of the open positions of the Dutch labor market. This reports show that, despite the large growth differences between the regions the labor market has increased. The CBS reported 136.000 unfilled open positions in the second quarter of this year, 40.000 more than the same period in 2013, when the Dutch labor market reached it’s nadir.
Noord-Holland large open positions contributor
The largest increase in vacancies was seen in Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Noord-Brabant which has contributed with more than 75.000 available vacancies. In 2014, figures showed that the national average of open positions to job hunters was one to six. The province of Noord Holland showed one position for every four of five.
Employment rate dropped in the Netherlands
In all provinces, the employment rate has declined simultaneously since the outbreak of the crisis in 2008. Before of the crisis, the province of Flevoland had the highest percentage of inhabitants with paid work. At the moment dropped from 71 percent (2008) to 65 percent (2014).
Uneven unemployment across the Netherlands
On average, 7.4 percent of the Dutch population was unemployed in the last year. The percentage was significantly higher in Flevoland with 9.3 percent, and considerable lower in Zeeland 5.5 percent