Key aspects of employment in the Netherlands, including primary benefits and entitlements, are regulated by Dutch law, while secondary benefits are are at the discretion of the employer (except those required under specific trade union contracts).
Compensation: as an employee in the Netherlands, you are entitled to receive at least the legal minimum wage. Depending on the employer, wages are paid weekly, monthly or once every four weeks. Most larger companies pay employees monthly.
Holiday Pay: is mandatory in the Netherlands and is equal to 4 times the average number of days worked in a week. This benefit is accrued during the year. An employee who works 5 days per week would be entitled to 20 days of holiday pay at the end of a year.
Working Conditions: There are strict rules governing the number of hours an employee can be made to work. In general, a work period should not be longer than 10 hours and a work week should not be longer than 45 hours. A minimum of eleven hours of rest must be given in between work shifts and at least one 36-consecutive hour rest period once per week.
More information about working conditions in the Netherlands.
Work Safety: Employees are entitled to a safe and healthy work environment. In job environments where there is high potential for injury, the employer must provide protective wear free of charge. In those situations, the employee is obligated to wear these.
Equal Treatment: Dutch law prohibits unequal treatment of staff in terms of hiring, employment benefits or dismissal related to the candidate/employee’s religion, personal conviction, political leanings, race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, working hours (full-time or part-time), handicap or chronic illness, type of contract (permanent or temporary) or age.
Equal Compensation: Dutch law mandates that equal pay must be given for equal work. However, amount of experience and longevity in a position may result in a different rate of pay for employees in the same or similar roles.
For more information about employee rights and obligations in the Netherlands, see the booklet published on the Werk.nl website.