More than 350,000 Dutch women join workforce

18th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

More women may be working as compared to 2005, but are still not economically independent as they hold part-time jobs.

THE NETHERLANDS – More than 350,000 women have joined the Dutch workforce since 2005, reveals a latest report by national statistics office CBS and the government’s social policy advisory body SCP.

The increase from 53 to 59 percent stems from government intervention as many local councils introduced measures intended to help women get off welfare benefits concluded the report.

Nearly three in four women work part-time, but an increasing number choose 'substantial' part-time jobs of 20 to 34 hours a week.

However, Education Minister Ronald Plasterk, responsible for the coordination of emancipation policies, is not satisfied. He points out too many women still hold small part-time jobs, which means they are not economically independent.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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