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Article in Tilburg University Magazine by Freese, Borghouts and Wilthagen: “How do we bridge the divide in the Dutch labour market?”

Published: 15th July 2020 Last updated: 15th July 2020

On July 1, Tilburg University Magazine published an interview, in which Charissa Frees, Irmgard Borghouts and Ton Wilthagen which reflected on the current gap within the Dutch labour market; there has been a dichotomy between employees with much – or with little securities to rely on. This gap may increase as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. According to the article, the researchers state that emergency measures only limit the damage: structural adjustments are needed. Some European countries (such as Belgium, Sweden and Denmark) will serve as perfect examples to do so. The following measures could be taken: transition compensations and skills passports. Unfortunately, this is not enough, and other measures are needed order to close the gap and improve Dutch mobility; the interview argues for fair social distribution and no further distinction in social security, based on contract form. Click here to view the full article (in English).

If you would like to read more about the needed reforms within both the social security system and the Dutch labour market, we would like to invite you to read the UWV magazine (click here to get your own copy – in Dutch). You can find an additional interview (page 24 to 27), in which Charissa Freese and Irmgard Borghouts elaborate on this topic.