News from Amsterdam

To the front page

11/1 Jurists want to stay in Oudemanhuispoort

8/2 Mayor’s portrait

8/2 Websites for social cohesion

7/2 Spreading tourism proceeds with difficulty

7/2 GroenLinks on districts: Be a man

6/2 Zuideramstel opens new office on Sabbath

5/2 The truth about integration

4/2 Wilders has little support on Amsterdam

3/2 Elite involved in neighbourhood

2/2 Johnnie Walker avoids taxes in Amsterdam

1/2 Rotterdam to tinker with district councils as well

31/1 Wooden rowing boats to disappear from Amstel

31/1 ZeeburgTV launched

27/1 Privacy activists to mess up loyalty card system

27/1 A few were still coughing, but that was an act

27/1 Chrisis in de Baarsjes

26/1 Youth have positive view of districts

24/1 Action groups call for Carmel and Jaffa boycott

24/1 PvdA members dismiss plan for districts

23/1 KLM takes on crisis with new uniform

23/1 District office not squatted

21/1 Merge districts

20/1 Closing squat bar Vrankrijk not necessary

20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

13/1 New Youth for Christ contoversy

11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

1/1 Thousands to protest against attacks on Gaza

1/1 Mustapha Laboui leaves district council


2008 Archive

2007 Archive

2006 Archive

2005 Archive





Workfare not effective

12 May 2007 - A ‘work first’ programme hopes to help fifteen out of one hundred participants find a job. On average, such programmes have a much higher success rate of 45%, a new study revealed this week.

Last Thursday, Divosa, an organisation of welfare agency directors, presented a study of work first programmes, that force welfare recipients to do simple work. This leads to fewer benefits: 33% of applicants is deterred by the strict approach. Of those who participate in a work first programme, 45% find a regular job.

Amsterdam participated in the study by providing data on its ‘Werk met perspectief’ (Work with perspective) programme, run by the Workstar company. The Divosa-study provides no data on individual programmes.

Last January, the Amsterdam Accounting Office published a study on employment programmes in Amsterdam, which does contain data on Werk met perspectief. Out of one hundred participants, two had found durable employment.

The Workstar company expected that eventually fifteen participants would find regular employment. Even if this result is achieved, it will do hardly better than the worst performing programme among the 78 municipalities participating in the Divosa study, which had a 13% success rate.

Incidentally, the Divosa study finds that work first has a ‘sunny and a sombre’ side to it. The researchers are concerned that people who are deterred by the strict approach end up in poverty or get involved in illegal activities.

“Therefore, one may ask whether the work first strategy is consistent with a municipality’s efforts to reduce poverty”, the researchers wrote. FNV board member Leo Hartveld recently expressed concern over abuses at work first programmes.

FNV. Illustration: State Secretary Ahmed Aboutaleb receives the Divosa report (photo: Divosa).


Want to receive News from Amsterdam? Click here


This is the old website. Please find new content here