Dutch Economy to Grow in Upcoming Years
Updated on 19 February 2024
The economy of the Netherlands is increasing in strength with the most recent forecast of the Dutch Bureau analysing economic policy (CPB) predicts economic growth of 3.2% in 2018 and 2.7% in 2019.
An economic boom
The Central Economic Plan for 2018 prepared by CPB forecasts the economic situation in the Netherlands this year and next year. Estimates are made for a smooth Brexit where trade with the UK will continue on the basis of a new agreement. If, however, the situation turns out otherwise, the national economy may suffer damages. Recently there has been a small migration of UK based companies to leave with their headquarters to the European mainland.
The report of the CPB predicts economic growth of 3.2% for 2018 and 2.7% for 2019. If the estimate proves accurate, Holland will surpass the economy of the Eurozone by 0.6% for the period from 2017 to 2019.
This economic boom is a result of several factors including expanding budgetary policy, strong housing market, low interest and a good international economic climate.
Even though the Dutch economy is growing, the surplus of the government is unlikely to increase. Last year it was 1.1% GDP. The report forecasts 0.7% surplus for this year and 0.9% for 2019. The decrease is mainly due to greater governmental spending.
Unemployment in Holland is expected to decrease
CPB’s report raises the hopes that the unemployed in the country will decrease. The figures are 4.9% for 2017, 3.9% for 2018 and 3.5% for 2019. The rate for next year will hit a record low since 2001.
This decrease in the number of unemployed people means that businesses will have to work harder in searching for employees. This will likely bring an increase in the number of permanent employment contracts and higher salaries to attract and retain staff.
Dutch households will be able to purchase more
The report of the CPB foresees a 1.6% average increase in the purchasing power of households by next year. This will affect differently certain households. The ones on welfare benefits shall experience only 0.8% increase, the employed will notice a 1.8% increase and retired persons will experience an increase of 1.3%.