Part-time vs. Full-time: A dive into the Dutch work culture

The Dutch labor market is unique, especially when considering the number of part-time workers. But what drives this choice, and what does it mean for the future of work in the Netherlands?

  • Culture & Tradition

    The Netherlands is known for its flexible work ethic. It is not unusual to start your career part time or even work four days a week in an executive position. This flexibility is deeply rooted in our culture and highly valued.

  • Generation Z Enters

    This generation, raised in a digital world and witnessing a global pandemic, has unique perspectives on work. For many of them, a work-life balance is not only desirable, but essential. They are redefining the norm, choosing part-time jobs more often and demanding more flexibility in their roles.

  • Labor Market Tightness

    With current labor market dynamics, how can we entice part-time workers to work more hours? Innovative solutions such as flexible schedules, tax breaks and improved workplace facilities can make all the difference here.

  • Full-time vs Part-time

    While full-time positions are often associated with stability, career growth and higher salaries, part-time work offers more flexibility and a better work-life balance. But there are also pitfalls. For example, women, who are more likely to work part-time than men, may experience fewer advancement opportunities, which contributes to the wage gap.

The choice between part-time and full-time work is complex and depends on individual preferences, career goals and personal circumstances. What do you prefer? And why?

7 September 2023 |

TTA International