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Factsheet for measure NL-2021-18/2479 – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 29 April 2021|
|Context||Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
– Transfer or redeployment of workers
|Author||Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 22 November 2022)|
Because it was expected that due to the COVID-19 pandemic many people would lose their jobs, 35 Regional Mobility Teams (RMTs) were formed to assist people who either lost their job or income or are about to. They help find (other) work free of charge. Assistance from regional mobility teams consists of job search assistance, career advice, training, apprenticeships and help with debts. The help one get depends on one's situation and on what one needs to get back to work.
Employers or entrepreneurs looking for support in guiding staff to other work can also turn to a RMT in their area. These RMTs are an initiative of the ministries of Social Affairs and Employment and Education, Culture and Science, municipalities, the Unemployment Service, Cooperation of VET organisations (SBB), association of schools in vocational education (MBO Raad), trade unions and employer organisations. In practice, a RMT is a network organisation.
The RMTs help people find jobs. They are accessible to all welfare and non-benefit recipients, including those from before the pandemic. Depending on the situation of the person who reports, the RMT looks at what is needed to find work again. This is done through free counselling, career advice, training or on-the-job learning. The services of the RMTs are aimed at people who have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs and need extra support in finding new employment, including self-employed people and young people. The parties involved are all doing their own jobs: social partners are often the first to signal that something is wrong, the Unemployment Service and municipalities have experience in counselling towards new work and debt assistance, SBB has a good overview of trainings available.
No information available yet.
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This measure is a cooperation between social partners, the government and a wide range of other stakeholders. What exactly was the involvement of the social partners in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure is unknown.
Eurofound (2022), Regionale mobiliteitsteams (RMT's), measure NL-2021-18/2479 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2021-18_2479.html
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