One in six Dutch people experience discrimination at work

According to a survey conducted by the Nationale Vacaturebankย (National Vacancy Bank), about one in six Dutch people has been discriminated against at their work.

The survey is based on the answers of 2,500 people in the Netherlands, ranging from employees to employers and job seekers.

The type of discrimination felt by respondents is mainly due to negative remarks they’ve received or unequal treatment they’ve experienced at work.

Underreported discrimination

While these numbers may imply that unfair treatment is only experienced by a minority of workers in the Netherlands, many instances of discrimination often go unnoticed.

The report also shows that 12% of the respondents either know someone who has experienced discrimination or have seen it happen to their colleagues.

READ MORE | 10 things to know before finding work in the Netherlands as an international

Sharita Boon, business director of DPG Recruitment, explains to RTL Nieuws that 40% of discrimination cases in 2021 weren’t reported or no actions were taken against it.

Lacking feelings of safety or optimism

The survey showed that one in five employees also don’t feel safe in the workplace. This mainly includes women and employees with a migrant background.

The survey showed that only 17% of the respondents believe that discrimination at work will decrease in the upcoming years.

This combination of lack of safety and optimism is felt among many workers in the Netherlands, which has negative impacts on their overall well-being and happiness.

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Lea has a passion for writing and sharing new ideas with the world. She enjoys film photography, Wes Anderson movies, fictional books and jazz music. She came to the Netherlands in 2019 for her media studies and has fallen in love with the country and its culture ever since. She loves to ride her bicycle in the city but also feels the need to overtake everyone on the bike lane (she's working on it).


  1. It is wise to remember the saying, โ€œSticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me.โ€ There is no name, no insult, no slur that can possibly hurt you unless you make the choice to let it.


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