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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.