By Robin Pascoe
Journalist may be her main profession, but bank clerk, travel agent, postman and garbage collector could easily be included on her cv, writes DutchNews.nl editor Robin Pascoe
CBS figures show that the Dutch work fewer hours than everyone else in Europe. Three quarters of women and a quarter of men work part-time. Dutch women who have a job, work an average of 26 hours a week. Even young women starting out in their careers with no children to use as an excuse are opting for a four or a three-day week.
Perhaps all those young women working part time have got the right idea after all… with all the other jobs everyone is expected to do – Internet technician, part-time bank clerking, travel agent, etc. – there is little time left over to go to the office.