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Everything you need to know to hire compliantly in the Netherlands

Employer of Record (EoR) in the Netherlands

Employment contracts in the Netherlands

Payroll and benefits in the Netherlands

Leaves and time off in the Netherlands

Employee protection in the Netherlands

End of employment in the Netherlands

Recent developments in the Netherlands

Local and international employment law is always changing. Thankfully, we keep a close eye on the latest developments, so you don’t have to. Read on to find out what’s been happening in the Netherlands.

  • Requests for changes to working hours (2022): As of 1 August 2022, employees in the Netherlands can request a change to their working hours, including requesting a part-time work arrangement. Employers must grant these requests unless there is a substantial business reason for denying them.
  • New payment terms for foreign nationals (2022): An amendment to the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act (Wet arbeid vreemdelingen) in 2022 has made certain changes to the way Dutch companies can engage foreign employees. The biggest change is that work permits can now be issued for three years, instead of just one year. The Act also requires employers to pay foreign nationals a monthly salary by bank transfer, so the worker can make use of their salary and ensure they receive the correct amount.
  • Increase of the state pension age (2023): The Dutch government is gradually raising the age when employers can receive the general old age pension (AOW). The state pension entitlement age was raised to 66 years and ten months in 2023, and to 67 years in 2024. By 2028, it will be increased to 67 years and 3 months. The age at which an employee in the Netherlands is entitled to the state pension depends on their date of birth.
  • Reforms to the pension system (2023): The Dutch Future Pensions Act (Wet toekomst pensioenen) took effect on 1 July 2023. The Act introduced significant changes to the pension system in the Netherlands, which will be gradually phased in over a four-year transitional period. The main change is that the previous ‘defined benefit’ scheme will be replaced by a ‘defined contribution scheme’. Effectively, this means that Dutch employees will now receive all of the contributions they or their employers have made, plus any profits earned on those contributions. Existing pensions must also be converted to the new scheme.
  • Increased pension contribution rate (2024): As of January 2024, the contribution rate for the part of the employer’s pension contribution known as the ‘Sociaal fonds WG’ was increased to 0.15%. The previous rate was 0.075%.

Requests for changes to working hours (2022)

As of 1 August 2022, employees in the Netherlands can request a change to their working hours, including requesting a part-time work arrangement. Employers must grant these requests unless there is a substantial business reason for denying them.

New payment terms for foreign nationals (2022)

An amendment to the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act (Wet arbeid vreemdelingen) in 2022 has made certain changes to the way Dutch companies can engage foreign employees. The biggest change is that work permits can now be issued for three years, instead of just one year. The Act also requires employers to pay foreign nationals a monthly salary by bank transfer, so the worker can make use of their salary and ensure they receive the correct amount.

Increase of the state pension age (2023)

The Dutch government is gradually raising the age when employers can receive the general old age pension (AOW). The state pension entitlement age was raised to 66 years and ten months in 2023, and to 67 years in 2024. By 2028, it will be increased to 67 years and 3 months. The age at which an employee in the Netherlands is entitled to the state pension depends on their date of birth.

Reforms to the pension system (2023)

The Dutch Future Pensions Act (Wet toekomst pensioenen) took effect on 1 July 2023. The Act introduced significant changes to the pension system in the Netherlands, which will be gradually phased in over a four-year transitional period. The main change is that the previous ‘defined benefit’ scheme will be replaced by a ‘defined contribution scheme’. Effectively, this means that Dutch employees will now receive all of the contributions they or their employers have made, plus any profits earned on those contributions. Existing pensions must also be converted to the new scheme.

Increased pension contribution rate (2024)

As of January 2024, the contribution rate for the part of the employer’s pension contribution known as the ‘Sociaal fonds WG’ was increased to 0.15%. The previous rate was 0.075%.

Employer of Record in the Netherlands

Want to compliantly hire workers in the Netherlands without setting up a legal entity? Using an Employer of Record (EoR) could be the way to go. 

When you work with an EoR partner like CXC, you don’t have to worry about the administrative side of engaging workers — and you don’t need a legal presence there either. 

Read our full guide to EoRs in the Netherlands to find out what you need to know.

Employment contracts in the Netherlands

When you hire internationally, you need to make sure your employment contracts stand up to scrutiny. But each country has its own rules, norms and customs, which can be a lot to keep track of. Read our full guide to learn everything you need to know to draw up compliant contracts in the Netherlands.

We’ll cover:

Contract terms
Fixed-term contracts and extensions
Regulations around remote work
Working hours and overtime

Payroll and benefits in the Netherlands

If you want to hire employees in the Netherlands, you need to understand what they expect in terms of compensation. That means not only grasping the legal requirements, but also the nuances of bonuses, benefits, payroll frequency and more. 

Read our guide to find out what you need to know before you hire in the Netherlands.

Leaves and time off in the Netherlands

Understanding leave entitlements is a key part of employing workers in the Netherlands. Thankfully, we have all the info you need: read our guide to find out about paid holidays, maternity and parental leave, public holidays and more.

Employee protections in the Netherlands

Hiring abroad comes with a lot of risk — but you can protect your business by learning what you can and can’t do as an employer. Read our full guide to find out what you need to know about employee protections in the Netherlands.

We’ll cover:

Whistleblower protections
Data privacy
Equal treatment for temporary agency workers
Anti-discrimination laws
Pay equity legislation

End of employment in the Netherlands

A worker leaving your organisation represents a lot of risk for you as an employer. Protect your business by reading our full guide to end-of-employment regulations in the Netherlands.

We’ll cover:

Notice periods
Rules around termination
Post-termination restraints
Transfers of undertaking

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