Netherlands - Wages and labour market data - May 31, 2017

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) published several reports. A first report was on the wage development in 2015. It reveals that more than two out of ten employees were unhappy with their salary. However, the percentages strongly vary between sectors. Almost four out of ten persons employed by government institutions said they were dissatisfied with their income. On average, police officers and firefighters are most dissatisfied with their salary, as 37% survey respondents replied they perceive their pay to be too low considering the duties they perform. In a report with data on the labour market development in 2016, a year with few strikes, the office concludes that the gross wages, concluded in collective agreements, increased on average with 1.9%. The growth is for the 2nd year substantially higher than the inflation (of 0.3%). Over a longer period (calculated from 2010), the wage growth still lags behind the inflation (respectively 1.3% against 1.5%).


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Report Labour market figures 2016 (in Dutch): …   

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