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Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on the Netherlands is the seventh in a series of reports
The Netherlands should increase support for workers suffering from mental health issues and their employers and tackle the continued social stigma and limited knowledge around such illnesses, according to a new OECD report.
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By July 2014, unemployment (OECD standardised definition) in the Netherlands had fallen to 6.7%, 0.6 percentage points lower than its peak in February of this year, but still 3.4 percentage points higher than at the start of the crisis.
Encouraging more people to work later in life would help the Netherlands meet its growing challenges of a rapidly ageing population and rising social spending, according to a new OECD report.
Two rounds of the Survey of Adult Skills are under way: Round 1 (2008-13) with 24 participating countries, whose results were released in October 2013, and Round 2 (2012-16) with 9 participating countries, whose results will be released in 2016. A third round is scheduled to begin in May 2014.
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This country report was prepared for the project "Alternative approaches to financing lifelong learning". It analyses and presents the development of lifelong learning in the Netherlands, and proposes ways to assist in improving it.