Employees in the Netherlands

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Working Conditions

Opening Hours
  • Legal Weekly Duration
37 hours
  • Maximum Duration
Officially 45 hours. Occasionally, overtime, with a maximum shift duration of 11 hours, a maximum working week of 54 hours and a maximum of 585 hours worked per 13 weeks.

The Ministry for Social Affairs and Employment passed a decree in late 2005 stating that employees also performing on-call shifts may choose to opt out of existing rules and work up to 60 hours a week. The hours worked per week are then averaged over a 26-week period, rather than the 13 weeks at present.

  • Night Hours
Between midnight and 6 am.
Working Rest Day
Sunday, unless the worker has expressly agreed to work. If work is conducted on Sundays, the worker must be given at least four Sundays off in any 13-week period.
Paid Annual Vacation
The minimum is four times the average number of days worked per week. If, for example, an employee works five days per week, the minimum right is 20 days holiday. A collective agreement can increase the minimum, normally to 25 days, depending on the sector. Legally mandated paid leave of one to four days is given for personal events (marriage, death in the family, family obligations or moving house). Extended leave is also possible for certain personal circumstances.
Retirement Age
67 years
Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment
16 years
Informal Labor Market
The market is fairly developed, there is no official estimate available.

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The Cost of Labor


Minimum Wage
EUR 1,300.80 per month in January 2007. The wage is regularly adjusted.
Average Wage
Annual average was EUR 27,800 in 2005.
Other Forms of Pay
  • Pay For Overtime
Overtime in most industries receives a 25% premium for the first two hours, 50% for subsequent hours, 75% for Saturdays and 100% for Sundays and holidays.
  • Pay For Rest Days Worked
Around the 50% in most industries.
  • Pay For Night Hours
Night-shift workers are entitled to a 10–15% premium.
  • Pay For Overtime at Night
Overtime in night duty is allowed, but then a shift may not last more than nine hours. The maximum number of nights worked may not exceed ten over a four-week period.

Social Security Costs

The Areas Covered
Medical insurance 12.25%, pension insurance 17.9%, unemployment insurance 0.65%
Contributions Paid By the Employer: 15.90 %.
Contributions Paid By the Employee: 6.45 %.
Competent Organization
Social Insurance Agency

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