A pleasant atmosphere and a good salary, then holiday workers will come, they know at Van Dijk Kampen

Kalender7/22/2019
How do you get 2,000 young people to work for you during their summer holidays? At Van Dijk Educatie in Kampen they found the answer - making sure they have a good time and can earn a nice living. For example, during the six-week summer peak, the company is able to fill all the places, while according to analyses by temporary employment agencies such as Randstad Groep, the shortage on the labour market has 'reached a historic high'.

"We do indeed offer a remuneration that is slightly above the basic salary of other employers. But money alone is not enough", says spokeswoman Ingrid van Werven of Van Dijk Educatie. "A good time for young people is also important. So we make sure that they can work and take a break with their friends, we dress the workspaces nicely, have picnic tables and umbrellas outside and offer snacks and ice creams. And if you want to come and work in the three real peak cultures, you also get a bonus:"

The opportunity to gain experience in team management also appeals to many young people. "It is a unique opportunity. Because of all this, young people come back to us more often and we never really have any trouble getting all the places filled," says Van Werven.

Postbezorger
The most demand is for holiday workers who can help as postal workers or sorters. At some distance follow cleaner, salesman and warehouse worker. According to Van Krimpen, the tension felt on the regular labour market as a result of a growing number of vacancies with a shrinking number of jobseekers is continuing to have an impact on the market for holiday workers. According to the market analyst, the figures are influenced by a different trend - more and more students have a part-time job. "Approximately 60 percent of young people between 15 and 20 years of age, according to the CBS," he says, "and these jobs also continue in the summer. The trend in this category is upward." Previously, this category was specifically recruited for the summer peak. By the way, students between the ages of 20 and 25 are choosing less and less for a side job. "This may be due to the abolition of the scholarship, which means that they want to focus more on their studies."

Great difference
Vakbond FNV Jong sees in its periodical holiday work surveys that the tightness on the labour market has been translated into gradually increasing salaries since 2016. Last year's average hourly wage was EUR 8.69 per hour. The highest age group is best paid, almost 12 euros per hour. The cleaning sector pays the best, followed by care and office work. The construction industry paid the worst last year. The union is not entirely satisfied with the higher salaries. "We think that there is still too big a difference between economic growth and the increase in wages", says Silvia Pilger of FNV Jong.
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