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The Netherlands — Dutch workers prefer the 1.5 income model

30 October 2009

In spite of the government's efforts to boost female employment levels in order to up tax receipts and stimulate women's financial independence, Dutch women are happy to work part-time and don't plan to work more hours.

According to new research carried out by the government's Social Policy Unit (SCP), men with full-time jobs also prefer if their wives work part-time, which is known in The Netherlands as the '1.5 income' model.

Only 1 in 10 women with a part-time job want to work longer hours, only 2 in 10 would be prepared to do so, but only for another two hours, taking their average to 20 hours per week.

7 out of 10 Dutch women have a job for at least one hour per week, 50% of these work fewer than 25 hours per week. 25% of part-time working women have no children, 10% are single.

Most women with part-time jobs work in healthcare, education, retail, cleaning or the public service.



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