Netherlands - Increase of temporary and on-call work - September 30, 2016

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has published detailed figures on the total number of hours worked in temporary jobs and on-call work. Temporary jobs increased by 2.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter. Both the number of hours worked in short-term and long-term temporary contracts increased. More alarming is the increase of on-call work. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of workers on-call increased with 143,000 workers (+36%). Notably in hospitality, the size of on-call work has grown to a substantial proportion (26% of the workforce in the sector), with kitchen aid on top (44%), followed by bartenders and waiters. At the same time, the hospitality sector pays the lowest hourly wage (less than 10 euro). Many on-call workers are youngsters that earn the (reduced) youth minimum wage.

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