Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities


Policy Options for Labour Market Challenges in Amsterdam and Other Dutch Cities

EU Funded Note Labour markets across the Netherlands recovered quickly from the COVID-19 shock and Dutch cities are now facing an unprecedented level of labour market tightness. The high demand for workers presents a unique opportunity for Dutch municipalities to find pathways into employment for those with the lowest labour market attachment and alleviate the pressure faced by local employers that struggle to find suitable workers. Supporting the diverse population in Dutch cities in finding their way into the labour market requires the efficient use of existing labour market instruments, advancing innovative methods of skills-based job matching and improving the cooperation between national, regional and local labour market institutions. This OECD report analyses current and future bottlenecks that could hamper the effective provision of local labour market services. It highlights policy options for strengthening the capacity of municipalities to support different population groups in making the transition from social welfare recipients to workers.

Published on January 10, 2023

In series:OECD Reviews on Local Job Creationview more titles


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Executive summary
Assessment and Recommendations
Comparing Amsterdam’s labour market nationally and internationally
Adapting to the future of work in Amsterdam
Labour market institutions in the Netherlands and Amsterdam
Local policies for job creation in Amsterdam
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