In 2022, Dutch salaries increased at a record rate, but it wasn't enough
Salaries for Cao will increase by 3.2% in 2022
Despite the fact that this overall average indicates that the cao workers have benefited from the largest salary increases in the Netherlands in 14 years, the 10 percent inflation rate means that these workers' overall purchasing power decreased by an average of 6.2 percent. This represents the largest discrepancy between salary increases and inflation seen by the CBS since records first began in 1973.
Employers in the Netherlands, according to unions and banks, need to do more
Dutch labor organizations contend that firms should do more to raise wages for their employees, and the Dutch national bank concurs, arguing that many companies generate sufficient profits to grant higher hikes. It has been previously stated by the employers' organisation AWVN that it would be unrealistic for businesses to raise salaries in step with inflation.
While some workers have benefited from these historically high salary gains, many others who are not union members and do not receive benefits from collective bargaining agreements have yet to see their incomes rise.