The Dutch labor market has been hit hard by the corona crisis. In 2021, there will be 10.6 million jobs according to the labor market forecast of the benefits agency UWV. That is 189,000 fewer than in 2019.
Employment is declining and the number of jobs decreasing in most sectors, mostly in the hotel and catering industry, temporary work and industry. Jobs will be created in a few sectors, such as in healthcare, public administration and ICT.
In 2020, the corona crisis was not very visible on the labor market. There were hardly any bankruptcies and unemployment rose slightly. This was largely the result of government support measures. However, the number of hours worked was considerably lower.
Back to 2018
A total of 86,000 jobs were lost last year. That job loss will continue this year, the UWV expects to reach more than 100,000 by the end of this year. The labor market is just as big as in 2018.
Jobs are mainly disappearing in sectors that are directly affected by the contact-limiting measures or where many flexible contracts are used. This is most noticeable at employment agencies and in the catering industry. There, 76,000 and 59,000 jobs will disappear respectively.