‘Being your own boss’. More and more Dutch people are undertaking these endeavors. To collect information regarding the sustainable employability and working conditions of self-employed persons, TNO and CBS developed the NSS. After the pilot in 2012, the NSS is published every two years since 2015. We have recently published the latest NSS.



The amount of self-employed without employees is increasing in the Netherlands. At the moment, there are more than 1 million self-employed without employees in the Netherlands. This group is interesting, not only because of their large numbers, but also because they contribute to the flexibility of the labour market because they seem to be less affected by burnout symptoms and continue working even after their retirement age. Furthermore, self-employed without employees are less likely to build a pension at all and most of them are not insured for disabilities.


The NSS questionnaire encompasses the following themes:

  • Working conditions
  • Sustainable employability
  • Performance
  • Health
  • Occupational safety
  • Motivation
  • Working hours
  • Clients
  • Pension and insurances
  • Future perspectives
Click here to download the latest NSS REPORT (Dutch)



In 2019, the NSS (Netherlands Survey of the Self-Employed) was administrated for the fourth time. Over 20.000 freelancers and independent contractors were approached of which over 5.500 took the time to fill in the survey.


Click here for the NSS survey (in Dutch).


The results of the NSS 2019 can be found in a table in this report (Dutch). The report also shows the research design. A number of subjects are highlighted in a factsheet (Dutch).


Over the coming years, we will continue to perform statistical analyses to provide more insights into specific groups and subjects.


More information about NSS? Contact us or visit the bookcase for publications.



Dr. W.E. (Wendela) Hooftman

Programma-manager Monitoring van Arbeid


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