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Doctoral degree makes a difference on the Dutch labour market

Doctoral degree holders more often work on a full-time basis and are usually employed on a higher professional level than people without a doctorate, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

In the period 2007/2010, nearly 60 thousand people in the Netherlands had earned a doctoral degree, i.e. 6 percent of the more than 900 thousand university graduates aged between 15 and 65.

More than 80 percent of people who have completed a doctoral degree are employed on a scientific level versus more than half of university graduates without a doctoral degree. Doctoral degree holders relatively often work as a physician, (university) lecturer or researcher.

More than nine in ten doctoral degree holders belong to the employed labour force. Their labour market participation rate is higher than for university graduates without a doctorate. They also more often work full-time, i.e. 74 against 68 percent.

The difference between the two categories is mainly due to the fact that most people who doctoral degree holders are men and men have a higher labour participation rate and more often work on a full-time basis than women.

In some respects, a doctoral degree is not essential. In both categories, approximately three quarters work on permanent employment contracts and one in five are self-employed.

Source: CBS