The NEWS (Netherlands Employers Work Survey) provides insight into the world of labor within companies and organizations in the Netherlands, from the perspective of the employers. It surveys the ‘employer choices and behavior’. The goal of the NEWS is to monitor trends and development in policy and to evaluate the effect of said policy on company results and work related absence.

  • The NEWS functions as a source for developing and expanding knowledge, both policy, and scientific goals.
  • The NEWS collects data periodically on labor-policy from a representative sample of organizations and institutions in the Netherlands. 
  • The NEWS adds value to the Dutch working society by providing relevant information to governments, social partners, and other stakeholders.


The NEWS questionnaire encompasses the following themes:

  • Organizational characteristics
  • Working conditions
  • Employer-employee relationships, hierarchical information
  • Social security
  • Company policy
  • Employee information
  • Employee subgroup characteristics
  • Company results (fiscal, productivity etc)
  • Absence
Click here to download the NEWS 2016 questionnaire (Dutch)



The target group of the NEWS consists of all Dutch-based organizations and companies, both profit and non-profit that have at least 2 people. This means that independent contractors or freelancers are excluded from the NSS (Netherlands Survey of the Self-employed). On average the NEWS approaches 24.000 offices of which roughly 5.000 respond. The survey is normally filled in by managing directors (in small or medium-sized companies) or HR managers (medium- to large-sized companies).


TNO create a representative sample by weighing the collected data for the Dutch populous. This method creates the opportunity to make valid assumptions for all Dutch-based offices.

The NWCS (Netherlands Working Conditions Survey) is held annually since 2003. The populace consists of employees who live and work in the Netherlands and are within the age range of 15-65 (2003-2013) of 15-75 (since 2014). 23.000 people filled in the survey in the period 2003-2013. By 2014 the sample size increase from 80.000 to 140.000. By now the number of people that fill in the questionnaire has grown to 46.000 annually. To make the sample as representative as possible we weigh the collected data. This makes it possible to make valid conclusions on employees in the Netherlands based on the NWCS.

Benchmarking and in-depth-analyses

All the data, collected by the NEWS can be found in the NEWS-Benchmarktool (Dutch). This tool allows users to freely look up and compare data. Pick a subject from the menu and look at the data yourself!

TNO conducts in-depth-analyses on the NEWS, this results in reports, publications and (chapters in) books. These can be found in our bookcase. A recent example is our research into Social Innovation and its effects on company results. 

Intrigued by the NEWS? To see if it can answer your questions, contact us!



Dr. W.E. (Wendela) Hooftman

Programma-manager Monitoring van Arbeid


T: 088 866 52 53

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