Employers: ‘Tackling tightness in the labor market by working more hours’

In contrast to the trade unions, employers’ association AWVN sees benefit in a longer working week to tackle the shortage on the labor market. More people who are still on the sidelines should also be helped to find work, including many people with a migration background, and workers should not leave the workforce too quickly.

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On Thursday, AWVN, the most important employment conditions adviser to employers in the Netherlands, will present a vision on the labor shortage. General director Raymond Puts is already lifting a corner of the veil in the FD and NRC. He contradicts this that raising wages is a solution to the problems on the labor market, for which the trade union FNV is advocating.

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Puts tells NRC that raising wages is “the worst thing you can come up with” against the staff shortages. “It may sound attractive if everyone earns 10 percent more, but that doesn’t mean you suddenly have 10 percent more people in the workplace in the Netherlands.”

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According to Puts, the 1 million people who are still on the sidelines must be helped to find work. Many of them are people with a migration background, he says. “Their job prospects are currently not much better than those of people with disabilities. So there is a lot of potential there, because part of that group can start working tomorrow, so to speak,” said Puts in the FD.

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Also, people should not leave too quickly, says Puts. And the Early Retirement Scheme (RVU), which can be used since the beginning of this year, does not help with that, according to him.

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Author: Jobly