Labour market in flux
Compared to previous years, the downward trend of those employed under permanent contracts has slowed down significantly. At the same time, temporary employment is now stronger than in the past. In addition – as evidenced by CBS data – fixed-term contracts were growing stronger than permanent contracts were falling. According to MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW, this can be seen as a sign of an upward acceleration of the labour market.
Employers’ associations argue that no wonder that many companies offer new jobs mainly based on temporary contracts. This is because many sectors still lack stability. CBS pointed out to a significant contribution of temporary employment to the growing number of jobs.
According to MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW, these data reflect the fact that flexible employment is important for economic growth, because it helps one to start work quicker. Employers’ associations argue that the labour market would develop much weaker under a permanent-contract regime.
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