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Slightly fewer employees became unemployed in the third quarter of 202011 than in the same quarter last year. On the other hand, fewer unemployed people found a job. Those who did were more likely to find a job with a flexible contract (via staffing agencies or directly with the final employer) than with a permanent contract, according to the latest data published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
Fewer flexible employees unemployed
Of employees with a flexible employment contract in the second quarter of 202011, 4.5% were unemployed three months later. Two years ago, during the economic crisis, this percentage was 5.4. The percentage of employees with a permanent job who became unemployed was slightly lower than two years ago.
Although the risk of becoming unemployed for employees with a flexible contract has decreased, these employees are still more likely to lose their job than employees with a permanent contract.
More flexible jobs
Over 24% of 15 to 64 year-olds who were unemployed in the second quarter of 202011 had found a job of at least twelve hours a week in the following quarter. Nearly 55% of these formerly unemployed had a flexible contract. Just over 37% had found a permanent job. The remainder had started their own business.
The percentage of unemployed who find a permanent job has been decreasing since 2009. The share who found a flexible job is now even slightly higher than during the economic crisis at the time. This is a sign that the labour market is becoming increasingly flexible.