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The Competitive Market for Employment Services in the Netherlands


  • Ludo Struyven
  • Geert Steurs


OECD countries are increasingly interested in structuring government organisation and the financing of job brokerage and employment reintegration services to use market forces. In the Netherlands, the introduction of market mechanisms has been part of a search for a more coherent benefits and activation system. The former Public Employment Service has been split up into a basic employment service provider (Centre for Work and Income) which remains public, and a privatised reintegration services company, which competes with other commercial entities for contracts to promote return to work. Since a large number of municipalities are looking to buy employment services for their social assistance clients in the Netherlands, a quasi-market for reintegration services has emerged, with many purchasers and providers. However, the purchasers use a variety of tendering methods and parts of the market suffer from a lack of transparency.Following the outcome of a tender round held in 2000, in 2001 ... Les pays de l’OCDE s’intéressent de plus en plus à des structures d’organisation gouvernementale et de financement des services de placement et de réintégration faisant appel à des mécanismes concurrentiels. Aux Pays-Bas, l’introduction de mécanismes de marché a fait partie de la recherche d’un système plus cohérent de prestations et d’activation. L’ancien Service public de l’emploi s’est scindé en deux parties constituées d’une part d’un fournisseur de services d’emploi de base (Centre pour le travail et le revenu) qui reste public et d’autre part d’une société privée de services de réintégration, en concurrence avec d’autres organismes commerciaux pour des contrats d’aide au retour à l’emploi. Étant donné qu’un grand nombre de municipalités au Pays-Bas cherchent à acheter des services pour leur bénéficiaires d’aide sociale, un quasi-marché de services de réintégration s’est développé, avec de nombreux acheteurs et fournisseurs. Toutefois, les acheteurs utilisent une large gamme ...

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  • Ludo Struyven & Geert Steurs, 2003. "The Competitive Market for Employment Services in the Netherlands," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 13, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaab:13-en

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    1. Winterhager, Henrik & Heinze, Anja & Spermann, Alexander, 2006. "Deregulating job placement in Europe: A microeconometric evaluation of an innovative voucher scheme in Germany," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 13(4), pages 505-517, August.
    2. Pierre Koning & S. Onderstal, 2004. "Auctioning incentive contracts; application to welfare-to-work programs," CPB Discussion Paper 38, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • J58 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Public Policy

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