Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Policy Options for Labour Market Challenges in Amsterdam and Other Dutch Cities
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.