Netherlands -The position of low-skilled workers analysed -June 25, 2015

Low-skilled workers tend to work where competition is very heavily based on price and work is increasingly outsourced.

Two institutes, the office for economic analysis CPB and the institute for social research, have examined how the labour market position of low-skilled workers has changed in recent years. The resulting report describes several aspects, including unemployment, poverty, precarious employment and pay. The pay gap between low-skilled and highly skilled widened between 1990 and 2005, as the hourly pay of low-skilled remained virtually flat, at around 17 euro gross (after adjustment to inflation), whilst highly skilled hourly pay increased steadily, from 24 to 31 euro gross. Moreover, low-skilled workers tend to work more than average in sectors in which competition is very heavily based on price and work is increasingly outsourced.

Dutch (with an extensive English summary): http://www.cpb.nl/publicatie/de-onderkant-van …       

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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