More people hold multiple jobs

POSTED: 08/31/16 4:06 PM

THE HAGUE – An increasing number of people in the Netherlands have more than one job, and working weeks are getting longer, according to a new report by the government’s social policy unit SCP. It studied employment patterns in 2014 and found almost one in ten people were doing more than one job, compared with just 3 percent twenty years ago.

The researchers also found that the political focus on ‘work and more work’ is having an effect and that ‘people without a job increasingly feel like an outsider,’ researcher Patricia van Echtelt told the NRC. The SCP did not look at why people had more than one job, but earlier research indicates that this is due to either being interested in the work or out of financial necessity.

However, people with multiple jobs tend to be low-skilled and one third work more than 48 hours a week, the research found. ‘That would indicate that this group is more likely to be in financial need,’ Van Echtelt said. The survey also showed that 18 percent of people with a job also act as a provider to a family member or friend, a rise of 33 percent on ten years ago. In addition, one in five people now spend time working at home.

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