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Netherlands – Staffing for seniors

01 June 2012

There are a number of staffing agencies in the Netherlands that work with seniors, but agencies that specifically focus on the 65-plus age group are rare.

De Gelderlander has recently profiled the Rvaring agency, which was founded in 2007 in Utrecht and now has seven branches focusing on those aged 40+ and 65+.

According to the founder Mr. Menno Meijer, himself a senior and experienced member of the staffing sector:

Right now, the baby boomers are 'on the market’… These are very vital people. Someone who is 65, is no different from someone that is 50. And what is also important: a person over 65 is very motivated. They really do not want to sit behind the geraniums. 

Yet to paraphrase Mr Meijer he must often convince employers that an "older" worker is not expensive, not slow, not inflexible, and does not get sick more often.  A major advantage of employing a person over 65 is that you do not need to pay social security contributions.  That equates to about a quarter of the wage. 

Meijer is against the so-called policy of vitality, whereby an employer who hires an older, receives a bonus of €7,500.  He believes rather that the government should spend the money on breaking down prejudices, and providing information on the added value of the 65-somethings.

To read the full article in Dutch go here.

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