More than one in twenty employees earn minimum wages

More than one in twenty employees in the Netherlands earn the minimum wage. That appears on Friday from figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).


More than one in twenty employees in the Netherlands earn the minimum wage. That appears on Friday from figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).

The statistics bureau did research on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the minimum wage: the lowest amount that an employer is legally obliged to pay to an employee as a wage.

On Saturday it is exactly five decades ago that the statutory minimum wage came into effect. Initially it was 611.70 guilders per month. According to the CBS, this amounts to rounded 278 euros.

Since 1 January this year, people with full-time work have a minimum gross income of 1.615.80 per month.

Share minimum wages stable this century

The percentage of employees who earn the minimum wage has constantly decreased in the first decades after the introduction. In the nineties it rose for several years, after which it fell again.

From the millennium change, the share is virtually stable. The most recent figure comes from 2017 and amounts to just over 6 percent.

It mainly concerns jobs in rental and business services, including temporary workers. There are also relatively many jobs in the catering industry on the minimum wage.

Young people and the elderly more often at a minimum

In addition, the analysis by Statistics Netherlands shows that it is more often younger workers or people over 65 who have to pay with a minimum wage. People without Dutch nationality are usually also more likely to get the job.

The CNV trade union calls it worrying that more and more people are coming to work for a minimum wage. Because, according to the trade union, the number of jobs has increased considerably in recent years, but the percentage of people with a minimum wage remains around 6 percent.

"This percentage should go down as the economy gets better and more jobs come in. But the opposite happens," says CNV chairman Arend van Wijngaarden.

"We call on companies to pay more than the minimum wage so that employees benefit from the profits, and the cost of living is also getting higher."

See also: Netherlands third in ranking with highest minimum wage

REF: https://www.nu.nl/economie/5755956/ruim-een-op-twintig-werknemers-verdient-minimumloon.html

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