- Retail jobs in the Netherlands: low pay in a context of long-term wage moderation
- International Labour Review
- Volume | Issue number
- 148 | 4
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS)
Wage moderation has been at the heart of the Netherlands' model of socio-economic governance since the 1980s. Low-paid employment has grown significantly, lower wages being constrained by declining minimum wages. Lagging incomes and consumption have depressed demand in retail, whose workforce - especially young people - accepted low-paid, part-time jobs. Low pay tends to reduce job quality - a phenomenon which has been heightened by the exceptionally long tail of youth minimum wages and the education grant system allowing students to work and skewing the labour market against young full-time jobseekers. The current crisis may thwart retail's budding re-professionalization.
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