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Rising trend on the labor market: taking unlimited days off

Jobs, where employees receive an unlimited number of leave days, increase significantly in the Netherlands, according to Joblift’s analysis. Over 5 million vacancies have been viewed there and have been issued since June 2015. Between June 2016 and May 2017, the number of jobs with unlimited holidays increased by 58% compared to the previous 12 months (from 77 to 122). In the past year, measured from June 2017 to May 2018, that number has increased even further. From 122 to 230, an increase of no less than 88%.

Unlimited vacation

Although the jobs with unlimited holidays were mainly to be found in the Randstad between June 2015 and May 2016, the concept has now spread throughout most of the Netherlands. With the only exception of Drenthe, vacancies have now been published in every province of the Netherlands for jobs where employees can decide for themselves how many days they take free.

In Zuid-Holland you are most likely to find such a job. Between June 2015 and May 2018, almost as many jobs (194) were written with this working condition as in the rest of the Netherlands together (235). In North Brabant, the concept has so far become less popular: since 2015 only 24 vacancies have been offered with this employment condition, despite the fact that the province, after North and South Holland, provides the largest number of jobs in the Netherlands.

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Neighboring countries

At least 77 Dutch companies are now working on the concept. It is striking that vacancies that offer unlimited leave on average are 19 days longer online than other vacancies, which may indicate that this employment condition is mainly used to find candidates for positions that are difficult to occupy.

Compared with Germany and France, it can be seen that Dutch employers often offer unlimited leave. In France, 81 such vacancies were found in the last 12 months, and despite the larger economy in Germany, the number of vacancies offering unlimited holidays in Germany and the Netherlands was almost the same in this period (229 in Germany versus 230 in the Netherlands).

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