The Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that there are 14,000 more people unemployed in the third quarter this year, as compared to the second quarter, reports RTL Nieuws. Ironically, there was also an increase in job vacancies in the third quarter: there were 4000 more vacancies.
Many in long-term unemployment are older than 45
Although unemployment is increased for the first in the last five and a half years, there is a decrease in the number of people in “long-term unemployment”. They are said to be so if they have been looking for a job for a year or longer, Right now, there are 82,000 people in long-term employment. That’s 28,000 fewer people than in the second quarter.
Most people in long-term employment seem to be over the age of 45-years-old. Age discrimination is very common in the Netherlands, so it’s not that surprising. According to director Petra van de Goorbergh of OVAL, organization for career companies, says, “Firstly, there is the negative image that still exists among employers. Older employees would be less productive and flexible,” she says in conversation with RTL Z, reports RTL Nieuws. But she also says that once they find a job and start working, their employers are always increasingly happy about it.
High unemployment and a high number of vacancies
But what about the rest? According to RTL Nieuws, 319,000 people have been registered as unemployed in the third quarter.
However, employers also seem to be having a tough time finding people to fill in their vacancies in the last three months. The vacancies “grew particularly in trade, transport, and the hotel and catering industry”. However, there was a decrease in work in temp agencies.
Are you unemployed in the Netherlands? Did you know you can get unemployment benefits? It is great the government has you covered while you go through this difficult phase in your life.
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