Young people without a diploma worked less often in 2018 than their peers with a diploma, writes the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Tuesday. Young people with a diploma, but without school, were most often employed and worked the most hours.

The net employment rate of young people (between 15 and 27 years) with a diploma, according to the CBS someone with a diploma at MBO level 2 or a HAVO or VWO diploma, was 74 percent. 57 percent of young people without a diploma worked.

Young people with a diploma, who no longer attended education, worked most often: in 89 percent of the cases. Young graduates, who were still in education, only worked in 56 percent of the cases.

The net employment rate among young people was higher in 2018 than four years earlier, when the employment rate was still 62 percent. The increase was greatest among the young people who were not following a diploma, from 48 percent in 2014 to 56 percent in 2018.

Uneducated youth worked the most hours

Just as with the amount of working youngsters, young people without education also work the most hours. Young people who were no longer in education, but who had a diploma, worked an average of 34 hours. Diploma-free young people without education worked an average of 32 hours.

School-going youngsters work a lot less often: with a diploma almost seventeen hours a week and without just twelve. According to the CBS, the figures almost correspond to how long the young people want to work.