Defence wants to employ more women
State Secretary wants to step up recruitment of women and minorities as recruitment lags behind at defence department.
26 January 2007
AMSTERDAM – The defence department wants to attract more women and ethnic minorities in the coming years. Personnel policy will have to be more flexible and labour conditions adapted in order to make the work more appealing to these groups.
State Secretary for Defence Cees van der Knaap announced this in The Hague on Thursday during a symposium on employment at Defence. Recruitment is lagging behind and more and more workers with temporary contracts at the organisation are deciding to leave.
Van der Knaap thinks the exodus is the result of an improving economy and the increasing demand for personnel. Defence fears tough competition from the private sector for young and qualified personnel.
The state secretary said his successors would have to employ unorthodox measures to keep Defence on the market as an employer.
The defence department has already made efforts over the past years to recruit women. Van der Knaap says new provisions for childcare and special leave will be needed.
The department also wants to work more actively to interest second and third generation immigrants in a military career.
[Copyright Expatica + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news