A motion by D66 and VVD during last night’s budget debate was supported by a large parliamentary majority.
Prime Minister Rutte said the cabinet has been considering this incentive for some time, but that it is legally difficult.
He pointed to a decision by the Dutch Institute for Human Rights, which states that the full-time bonus makes a forbidden distinction between full-time and part-time work. Because full-timers are paid more than part-timers.
According to the Minister of Social Affairs Van Gennip, the question is also how to deal with people who do not work full time, but who work almost, like 80 percent of the working week. Furthermore, many details still need to be worked out, such as the amount of the bonus and who should pay it: employers or the government.
“It would be very nice, especially in the health and education sectors, if people took a step forward and started working a few more hours,” says Van Gennip today. Ministers Dennis Wiersma (Education) and Conny Helder (Long-term care) are working on a plan together with Van Gennip. It is unclear whether the government will bet on a bonus for health and education workers first. The shortage of staff now affects almost all sectors.
There is also indirect discrimination based on gender, as many women work part-time. This would violate the law on equal treatment. Rutte said she still views him positively for the bonus. The Council of State also believes that it is permissible.
PS leader Marijnissen stressed during the debate that this is not a solution to the staff shortage in the health sector. According to her, many staff members cannot physically support full-time work.