Trend report on sickness absenteeism, incapacity for work and labour participation of persons with health impairments
Original title: Belemmerd aan het werk
The Netherlands was long known as a country with high sickness absenteeism rates and a burgeoning group of people who were unfit for work. In response to this, many policy measures have been introduced in recent decades which attempt to limit the benefit volume and foster the reintegration of people with health impairments. What is the position of the Netherlands today in this regard? The main trends in sickness absenteeism, degree of incapacity for work and labour participation of people with health impairments are discussed in this report. The report also poses a number of more in-depth questions: Which employers are willing to take on people from vulnerable groups? What role do financial stimuli play in the reintegration to the labour process? How do subjective health perceptions influence labour participation? Which factors are important for the successful labour market participation of people who have been assessed as having an incapacity for work of less than 35 percent? Does the growth in homeworking and teleworking offer new opportunities for raising the labour participation rate of people with health impairments?
This study was carried out by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the research institutes TNO and UWV Kenniscentrum. Coordination and final editing was carried out by SCP.