About half of the companies in the Caribbean Netherlands made use of the economic support for the business community last year, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports Friday.
Of the companies in the Caribbean Netherlands, those on Saba used the emergency aid the most. About 55 percent of the companies received funding from the State. On the other two islands, less than half of the companies applied for government support: 47 percent on St. Eustatius and 45 percent on Bonaire.
The most common forms of government support are the wage cost allowance and the fixed charges scheme, which is now well-known to the Dutch.
In total, employers in the Caribbean Netherlands applied for compensation for wage costs for 4,020 jobs. The vast majority of these requests came from the catering industry. In this sector, 200 companies were paid out for 1,290 jobs, almost all of them on Bonaire (1,190).
In the trade, two hundred companies applied for the emergency package. They received compensation for wage costs for 500 jobs.