06 Mai 2015
Job autonomy – how far employees can regulate their own work – has been declining for decades in much of Europe. However, Dutch employees began to report a steady fall only in 2008. The Netherlands Working Conditions Survey (NWCS) indicates autonomy has shrunk most in the business services sector, among young employees and those with temporary contracts.
20 März 2012
The quality of work in the Netherlands remains quite stable, with a small increase in exposure to time pressure. Despite the stable working conditions, fewer workers feel that protective measures are needed. Changes in work disability regulations have led to far fewer workers dropping out of employment due to disability. However, it appears that some employees with health issues voluntarily choose to leave the workforce.
24 September 2009
In the Netherlands, about 250,000 to 300,000 employees are absent from work for at least 13 consecutive weeks a year. This situation makes the prevention of long-term sick leave an important issue, not only for the employee but also for employers, since employers are responsible for paying absent workers during the first 104 weeks of the absence period.
22 April 2008
The quality of work as well as health complaints in the Netherlands appear to be relatively stable. Pace of work seems to be on the increase again and more people are working in excess of their contractual hours. Notwithstanding changes in disability legislation, psychological disorders remain a factor in dropping out of employment. Overall, absenteeism has been decreasing recently although work-related illnesses tend to result in longer spells of absence.
10 Februar 2008
Working during pregnancy may expose women to certain risk factors, such as heavy physical work, exposure to chemicals and high work pressure, which could negatively influence their health and that of their unborn child. Furthermore, due to their different body size and changing functional capacities, work may impose a relatively high demand on pregnant women. As a result, pregnant women may be at risk of developing more health problems and be more often absent from work than working women who are not pregnant. Therefore, a number of safety rules and regulations have been implemented in the Netherlands, all of which are designed to protect pregnant as well as breastfeeding women and their children, and prevent any work absenteeism in relation to the pregnancy. However, despite these regulations, pregnant women in the Netherlands still show a higher rate of absenteeism compared with non-pregnant working women.
22 Januar 2008
Despite significant changes in the national questionnaires on work and health, the quality of work as well as health complaints in the Netherlands appear to be relatively stable. Pace of work seems to be on the increase again and more people are working in excess of their contractual hours. Notwithstanding changes in disability legislation, psychological disorders remain a factor in dropping out of employment. Overall, absenteeism has been decreasing recently although work-related illnesses tend to result in longer spells of absence.
03 April 2007
Migrants are often found to report more health problems, associated with their relatively poor position in the labour market and corresponding working conditions. Nevertheless, according to a representative dataset of the Dutch workforce, second generation migrant workers appear to be better integrated than first generation migrants. The latter group mainly took up the kind of jobs that Dutch workers were not willing to do any more, namely physically arduous work which did not require a high level of education and is frequently related to poor working conditions. However, their children – the so-called ‘second generation migrants’ – often have the same educational level as the native Dutch population, and have learned to speak Dutch. These qualifications are thought to be key assets for a better labour market position. In fact, the younger migrants enjoy conditions that are almost equal to those of their Dutch colleagues, with the exception of being more often exposed to violence and harassment in the workplace.