Sunday 18 August 2019



Spanish workers slam Dutch exploitation

Complaints by Spanish workers who are say they are being exploited by Dutch employers have been brought to the attention of the European parliament ahead of this week’s debate about a new European Labour Authority which connects national labour inspectorates, the Financieele Dagblad reports. Complaints from Spanish workers, presented to the European parliament at the invitation of the ruling socialist party PSOE last week, include fewer working hours than initially promised, poor living and working conditions and contracts promising a... More >




Median incomes barely rise in 10 years

Workers’ annual pay has hardly increased in 10 years when inflation is taken into account, the national statistics agency CBS said on Friday. In 2007 the median annual income of someone on a fixed contract was €34,100 but by 2017 that had risen by just over €1,000 to €35,200, the CBS said. At the same time, the median income of someone who is self-employed rose just €500 to €28,000, the CBS said. Men have a far higher median income than... More >




Freelancers more likely to earn low wages

An increasing number of the self-employed risk ending up living below the poverty line, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday. The CBS considers someone is at risk of living in poverty if they earn less than €1,040 after tax as a single person, or €1,960 for a family with two children. In 2013 some 250,000 working people were in such a position and that total had declined in the years up to 2017. But in 2017, the last... More >





One in 20 workers gets minimum wage

Around 6% of workers in the Netherlands are still paid according to minimum pay rates, the national statistics agency CBS said on Friday, ahead of celebrations to mark 50 years since the concept was introduced in the Netherlands. People working via staffing agencies and in the hospitality sector are most likely to earn minimum pay rates, the CBS said. In total, 23% of people from new EU member states such as Poland and 9% of people from outside the EU... More >