More young people on welfare: ‘Hardly anyone can get a job’

Due to the corona crisis, more and more young people end up on welfare, the CBS reported today. Their flexible contracts in, for example, the hospitality or temporary employment sector have not been extended and because they have not yet built up many WW rights, they only receive this benefit for a short time.

But because of their flexibility, they quickly find work when the economy picks up, say economists from the CBS, for example.

Leo van Loon also recognises the flexibility of young people on the labour market. With the Buzinezzclub project, he has been assisting young people from Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven to find a job, their own company or training for ten years now. “We believe in manufacturability,” says Van Loon. “Even if you’re 5-0 behind, you’re in control of whether you win the competition.”

But not all young people find a job just like that when the economy is over the corona crisis, adds Eindhoven branch manager Brahim Amjahad. The lowest educated young people in particular may suffer from the crisis for a long time to come. Not because there are no jobs that match their level of education, but because those jobs often go to jobseekers with a higher level of education. “In this way, they are pushing low-skilled people out of the labour market

We spoke to two young people who ended up on welfare during the crisis:

They’ve already received too many applications everywhere

Before the corona outbreak Kennedy Niles (20) worked at festivals through an employment agency. The plan was that he would now start an intermediate vocational education in stage and lighting technique. “But because of corona, there were fewer training places.” And so he had to look for work again.

In recent months, De Rotterdammer applied at supermarkets, shops such as Action and Kruitvat and all kinds of warehouses. Nowhere was he successful. “They have received too many applications everywhere,” Niles says.

He sees it not only in himself, but also in those around him: “Hardly anyone can get a job now. I hear it from my friends and from their friends. You don’t even have a chance, not even if you take the search seriously.”

Niles is still planning to study if there is room for him at the training. “But if I find an extra job first, I’ll keep it next to school,” Niles says. “It has to be. If you have a job now, you don’t want to lose it.

“Every morning the same kind of rejection in my mail

Tessa Maria Hansman (25) travelled to Australia early this year, to stay there for a longer period of time. She had previously completed her Master’s degree in Communication Science and wanted to take additional courses in Australia. But most of all it was ‘destination unknown’. The corona outbreak made a big difference.

“When I was back in Amsterdam fairly suddenly in April – after a repatriation flight – I had to adjust my future plans quickly,” she says now. “I graduated in July and am applying for quite a lot of different things. I’m open to a lot of things. But there are so many reactions to every vacancy, I’m not even invited for an interview. Every day I wake up more or less with the same e-mails. Same rejections.”

Hansman has been entitled to welfare since last week. She’s happy with that “because it gives me some peace of mind to apply for a job”. She prefers to work in the cultural world. “But I already have work experience in many places, all places where it’s very difficult to find a job now. Of course I can also apply for a job as a parcel deliverer, but I have to be able to be creative”