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Regional mobility centres to prevent unemployment

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
As a result of the 2009 social pact to confront the crisis regional centres have been founded in which the unemployment agency UWV, employers and other stake holders co-operate to prevent unemployment by stimulating work-work transitions of workers who may face reduncancy.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
  • social partnership
Duration of the policy
Since 2009
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: The innovation was a temporary experiment, which afterwards has been incorporated into the regular service delivery of the unemployment agency UWV
  • Spatial coverage: National, mobility centres are available in all regions
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The innovation consists of the creation of regional centres aimed at effective use of existing networks, arrangements and instruments to confront consequences of (mass) redundancy. In case of mass re-organisations mobility centres can support work-work transitions, organise re-training or provide other services to stimulate (re-)employment.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Structural provision
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • governance (The mobility centres offer an regional organisational structure to stimulate network co-operation and integrated use of available policy instruments)
Intended target group
Employees at risk of redundancy
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Implementation)
  • central state (Financial support)
  • employees (organised or individual)
  • employers (organised or individual)
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO)
Clarification of the role of various actors
The innovation is meant to stimulate effective networks of public and private partners at the regional level to confront unemployment. The centres are coordinated by the unemployment agency UWV. The centres are the result of the social pact of 2009.
Intended output
  • governance (A nation wide network of centres has been founded)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
Until 2011 195,000 people faced with redundancy were guided to other work after dismissal, 23,800 people made a work-work transition, agreements were made with 1,600 companies
Intended and unintended outcomes
until 2011 195,000 people faced with redundancy were guided to other work after dismissal, 23,800 people made a work-work transition, agreements were made with 1,600 companies
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The mobility centres are considered to be successful by the government and UWV and have been implemented in the regular service provision of UWV since 2011. They appear to have stimulated replacements of redundant workers to companies that had vacancies by making concentrated use of available networks and instruments. As such it may have prevented rise in unemployment following the crisis, by improving the matching of supply and demand on regional labour markets. However, an independent evaluation study is not available and net effects are not known, which makes it hard to judge the quantitative results that have been presented. Also, it is not known how the implementation of the centres into the regular structure of UWV has worked out.
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