• 5.5




Key drivers

Wage Pressure in High-Skill Industries (5.3)

Weak wage growth in the professional, scientific and technical sector contributed to a narrowing of the gap between wages in high- and low-skill industries.

Labour Market Participation (6.3)

The participation rate is forecast to rise in the Netherlands, easing the pressure on Dutch firms seeking to expand, as the pool of available workers becomes larger.

Talent Mismatch (6.4)

While the vacancy rate remains low by international standards, it has risen to its highest rate in over a decade in the Netherlands.


Education Flexibility


Labour Market Participation


Labour Market Flexibility


Talent Mismatch


Overall Wage Pressure


Wage Pressure in High-Skill Industries


Wage Pressure in High-Skill Occupation


View from the Ground

The Talent Mismatch Indicator has risen by a considerable amount again this year, demonstrating that many of the skills available do not match the skills sought by businesses. In some fields, such as IT, it is already common for businesses to attract skilled individuals from abroad, in order to fill any skills gaps they are experiencing. Businesses are also attracting people from the local labour market who don’t necessarily have all the skills they are looking for but instead have the potential to learn them quickly, through training and upskilling opportunities. In an extremely competitive market, employers must review their attraction and retention strategies to ensure they are able to secure the very best talent who already possess the right skills. It is therefore essential for organisations to work on an excellent employer brand.

David Trollope, Managing Director, Hays Netherlands

Key Skills in Demand

  • Account Managers
  • Software Engineers
  • Web Developers
  • Sales Managers
  • Financial Controllers

Market Insight

Unemployment in the Netherlands reached a 10-year low of 3.8% in 2018 and the job vacancies rate reached an all-time high.

Despite this strong labour market performance, wage growth has been constrained by slow productivity growth and increasing part-time and self-employed work.

The Netherlands has among the highest rates of part-time and self-employment among industrial economies. The share of part-time employment in total employment, for instance, was the highest of the OECD countries, and more than twice the EU average. While non-standard forms of employment provide flexibility to workers and employers alike, some of these workers may have taken part-time roles involuntarily, having a preference for a full-time role with higher wages.