Mariëtte Hamer has been President of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER) since September 2014. From 1998 to September 2014, she was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives for the Labour Party. From January 2008 to May 2011, she was the Labour Party’s parliamentary group leader.
Mariëtte Hamer chaired the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and was party spokesperson for social affairs, labour market, employment relations, and labour and care. Furthermore, she coordinated the Labour Party’s parliamentary group in the areas of social affairs and employment, the decentralisation of care, economics and finance.
She has filled various posts in the House of Representatives, for example as a member of the Presidium, as deputy speaker of the House, and as chairperson of the Standing Committee for Social Affairs and Employment. She has also filled various executive posts in the Labour Party’s parliamentary group.
Before entering politics, she worked for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as head of the Strategic Policy and Policy Studies Unit, Higher Education Directorate, and as the director of an institution for adult education in the Province of Zuid-Holland.
She has been trained as a teacher in Dutch and Social Skills, and graduated in 1988 from the University of Amsterdam with a degree in General linguistics.