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Dutch candidates are optimistic about the future of the job market

Job candidates in the Netherlands have a positive view on the labour market, in addition to the economy in general. According to a recent study by PageGroup, 66% of all workers between 30 and 49 years old, are confident that the labour market will improve.

These results reflect of the improving Dutch economy. With an estimated economic growth of 1,8 % (CPB) the labour market is slowly getting back on its feet again, which is resulting in more job opportunities. According to CBS the number of opportunities has increased the first quarter of this year, with 224 new job openings.

Dutch candidates older than 49, however are less optimistic with 47% believing that the job market situation will improve. This is in stark contrast to Germany where 77% of those surveyed in the same age group are confident about the market improving.

Quarterly labour market study

These are the results of the quarterly Job Confidence Index of PageGroup. The index reflects how candidates of all ages and professions view their current professional situation and the economy in general. They are asked questions such as expectations regarding career, salary, work and the situation on job market.  In the first two quarters PageGroup interviewed more than 14 thousand employees in countries all over Continental Europe.

Positive trend European job market

The expectations of Dutch employees reflect a bigger trend in the European labour market. Overall European candidates in all age groups have a positive view on the developments in the labour market and their current job situation.

Nevertheless the results vary strongly, depending on the local situation. Candidates in southern Europe tend to be less positive about the economy. In countries like Italy, Portugal and Spain only between more than 70% of the candidates don´t see any improvements in the economy nor in the labour market. 

The country where candidates are the most optimistic is Sweden. More than 60 percent of all Swedish candidates are positive about the current job market, and 77% believe it will improve in the near future.

About PageGroup

Established in the UK in 1976, PageGroup has grown to become one of the world’s best-known and most respected recruitment consultancies. With operations in 35 countries, PageGroup provides recruitment services and career opportunities on a local, regional and global level.

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Marjolein Bos
Press & Public Relations
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