A quarter of the companies have too few employees

A quarter of the companies run into problems due to a shortage of labor. This is evident from the Netherlands Business Survey by Statistics Netherlands, Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Institute for Construction, MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW.


A quarter of the companies run into problems due to a shortage of labor. This is evident from the Netherlands Business Survey by Statistics Netherlands, Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Institute for Construction, MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW.

At the start of the third quarter in particular, business service providers in particular say that this is bothering them: there is even a deficit of 35 percent. There is also a large deficit of 32 percent in the transport and storage industry.

Businesses in information and communication, hospitality and construction also report a major shortage. In mineral extraction, only 5 percent of companies are hampered by too few people.

Yet 12 percent of entrepreneurs expect to be able to expand their own workforce in the third quarter. Last year the expectation was even higher, with 18 percent.

Business confidence fell slightly

Business confidence also declined slightly, to 10.6. The score was 1.4 points higher in the second quarter. The mood indicator also points to a positive confidence from Dutch entrepreneurs, according to CBS.

Entrepreneurs in information and communication are the most positive. Here confidence increased from 17.9 in the second quarter to 25 points in the third. For this, the construction sector was the most positive for 11 consecutive quarters, but their score has now fallen slightly to 20.6.

Trust in car trade and repair is negative for the third quarter in a row. This time it comes out to -12.7, while the second quarter still achieved -5.3.

ref: nunl