Hire employees in the Netherlands. No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in the Netherlands, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
the Netherlands also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in the Netherlands quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
All the necessary benefits for the Netherlands
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Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in the Netherlands within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.
- Public Health Care
- Unemployment Insurance
- Dutch Health Insurance
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Minimum Wage Requirements
At Deel, the minimum gross monthly salary for employees 21 years old and older includes the base salary and the monthly holiday allowance and amounts to EUR 2089.15 gross a month/EUR 25,069.82 gross a year.
Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax ranges from 37.07% to 49.50%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates.
|Gross Annual Income||Applicable tax rate|
|Up to EUR 73,031||36.93 %|
|Over EUR 73,032||49.50 %|
The employer cost is generally estimated at approximately 20% of the employee salary, estimated on a salary of €66,956 gross, being the maximum salary for social security contributions. Anything below or under this salary will result in different percentages.
Please note that in The Netherlands, by local labor law, employees are entitled to a yearly holiday allowance (8% of salary) which is included in the base monthly salary and invoiced as an employer cost. Depending inter alia on the sector and preferences of offering a pension scheme, a private pension contribution might come on top of the below contributions, which amounts to another 15,7%.
- Social security employer costs
- Unemployment tax: 2.64%
- WGA and ZW - Disability and Sickness social security: 1.25%
- ZVW - Healthcare contribution: 6.68%
- Disability: 7.11%
- Child care social security: 0.50%
Note: the 8% holiday allowance is invoiced monthly as an employer cost, separately from the salary.
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday.
Pregnancy leave is paid by the employer at 100% of the gross salary, up to a maximum of 100% of the maximum daily earnings. The employer can request reimbursement of the statutory amount through the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). There is no qualifying period of service for pregnancy leave
Birth leave is paid by the employer. During the first six months after birth, there is an additional leave of 5 weeks for full-time employees (“additional birth leave”). This leave is not paid by the employer. An employee who takes this additional leave is eligible for state benefits consisting of 70% of their last earned salary (capped at 70% of the maximum daily wage), which will be granted by the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
In addition to maternity and paternity leave, parents with children under the age of 8 years old are entitled to parental leave of 26 times the number of hours they work per week for every child they have. 9 first weeks are paid, while the remaining 17 are unpaid. It is possible to discuss when employees take this leave, which can be spread out over those 8 years. Parents are entitled to take parental leave for each child.
The first 9 weeks of parental leave is government-paid at 70% of their regular salary, with the cap of 70% of the maximum daily wage. There is flexibility to take it but the total amount of hours for the leave need to be equal to an employee's full working week. Paid parental leave can only be taken until the child turns one. Employers are able to apply for an allowance for the paid parental leave of its employees through the Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
The payment of wages consists of 70% of the last earned salary – as long as the salary does not exceed the maximum daily wage, in which case the continued payment of wages is capped at 70% of the maximum daily wage – and in the first-year entails at least the statutory minimum wage. In general, employment contracts often state that the employer will pay 70% or 100% of the employee's full salary (the amount is not capped) for the 1st year of illness and 70% of the employee's salary (the amount can be capped) during the 2nd year of illness.
Terminations must respect complex rules and the rules of an employee’s employment country. The off-boarding is always handled by the Employer with the primary stakeholders. It may include ad-hoc fees as well as required or recommended steps on specific termination cases.
An employer can only come towards a termination of an employment agreement on the basis of a valid reason in combination with the fact that there is no longer a suitable redeployment for the employee within the company. The following reasons are specified in the Dutch legislation:
- Redundancy due to economic circumstances
- Long-term disability (two years)
- Frequent absence due to illness or disability which results in unacceptable consequences for business operations
- Refusal to perform contractual duties due to conscientious or religious objection
- Disturbed relationship
Terminations in the Netherlands can be complex. As a general rule you cannot unilaterally terminate an employee in the Netherlands without the permission of the Dutch Courts or the Dutch Unemployment Agency (UWV). In most cases it is therefore preferred to seek mutual consent to a termination in which case the governmental permission is not required.
The minimum notice period is 1 month and will be increased according to the length of the employment.
- Up to 5 years of employment - 1 month's notice
- 5 - 10 years of employment - 2 months' notice
- 10 - 15 years of employment - 3 months' notice
- 15+ years of employment - 4 months' notice
The statutory notice period for the employee is one month. It is not possible to unilaterally terminate an employee by providing notice.
Severance for Employees
When a termination is done by mutual consent, severance payments are often required in order to obtain the employee’s consent. Typically, the amounts for severance by mutual agreement can be equivalent to 2-6 months of salary or more depending on the strength of the case. In case of a termination by the court or the Dutch Unemployment Agency (UWV) the statutory severance needs to be paid which is roughly 1/3 gross monthly salary per each year worked.
To protect you from unforeseen financial risks arising from terminations, Deel applies a Severance Accrual to all employment agreements in this country. Deel has extensive expertise in managing litigation risk globally and our Severance Accrual calculation is based on the prevailing common-law or statutory entitlements and local best practices. In the event your employee resigns or is not entitled to severance, all unused amounts will be returned to you.
Paid Time Off
The legal minimum number of vacation days for an employee in the Netherlands per year is four times the number of days worked per week.
This typically means 20 holidays in the case of a full-time employee working for five days a week. Most employers in the Netherlands grant their employees 25 days of paid holidays.
The Netherlands celebrates 11 national holidays.
National public holidays include:
- New Year’s Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Sunday
- Easter Monday
- King’s Day
- Liberation Day (once every 5 years)
- Ascension Day
- Whit Sunday
- Whit Monday
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
Onboarding takes 2 business days after the client signs the SOW.
At Deel, the 8% holiday allowance is included in the annual salary. This means that the employee's annual salary on the Deel platform will include both the annual base salary and the 8% holiday allowance.
When determining the employee’s annual salary, ensure that you include both the base salary and the 8% holiday allowance.
The 8% holiday allowance is invoiced monthly as an employer cost, separately from the salary.
Employment Contract Details
A Dutch version of the employment agreement is not required under Dutch law. An English-only version is permitted under Dutch law and is common practice in the Netherlands.
A contract must include:
- Start date
- Length of the employment
- Job description
- Termination conditions
It is a common and recommended practice in the Netherlands to offer a fixed term contract to ensure a good match before entering into a permanent contract as terminations can be complex. It is possible to enter into 3 fixed term contracts with a maximum total duration of 3 years.
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