Circular Jobs:

The Circular Economy and Opportunities for Employment  in the Netherlands

A transition to the circular economy is essential to fight climate change, resource depletion and achieve sustainable growth. To ensure that policymakers and governments know how and where to implement the circular economy effectively, there is a great need for practical tools to measure it. 

Aimed at defining, identifying and quantifying employment opportunities that are needed in the circular economy, Circle Economy and the Erasmus Research Institute for Happiness Economics (Ehero) have developed a standardised and replicable methodology that measures circular employment in cities around the world. This opens up the possibility of monitoring circular employment, and therefore empowers cities and governments to effectively invest in the jobs of the future.

22 March 2017, Amsterdam

The circular economy 

aims to achieve inclusive economic, social and environmental prosperity within the boundaries of our planet, by making efficient use of our resources. 


8.1% of Dutch Jobs Are Currently Circular


A circular job is a job that involves, facilitates or accelerates at least one of the

7 key elements of the circular economy:

  • Prioritise regenerative resources
  • Preserve and extend what’s already made
  • Use waste as a resource
  • Collaborate to create joint value
  • Design for the future
  • Incorporate digital technology
  • Rethink the business model

The initial findings of this joint research show that 8.1% of all jobs in the Netherlands are currently circular. Once identified the circular jobs were categorised according the the seven elements of the circular economy, showing that a large majority focus on ‘incorporating digital technology’ and ‘preserving and extending what’s already made’.

To learn more about how circular jobs are defined, how they are distributed throughout the Netherlands and the method behind how they are quantified download the full report.  

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Melanie Wijnands