Netherlands - Council recommendations ask for less flexibility - May 31, 2017

In the latest European semester country recommendations, the European Commission urges the Dutch government to tackle the high increase in self-employment by reducing ‘tax distortions’ favouring self-employment. The recent employment growth can be largely attributed to an increase in the number of people employed on temporary contracts or as self-employed. In total, almost 800,000 people rely solely or mainly on income from freelancing. Self-employed are more often under-insured against disability, unemployment and old age. This could affect the sustainability of the social security system in the long run.

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