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Minimum wage Netherlands: A guide to Dutch minimum wage

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What should be your wage in the Netherlands? Find out the Netherlands' minimum wage and how to seek arrears if you get paid less than the Dutch minimum wage.

The Netherlands' minimum wage depends on the age of the employee. Amounts are controlled by Dutch labour law and are reviewed twice a year on 1 January and 1 July.

As of 1 January 2017, the current gross Netherlands minimum wage amounts for a full working week, which can range between 36 to 40 hours weekly depending on the working agreement. As such, a monthly Dutch minimum wage is set and daily rates are used as an indication only.

There is no net minimum wage in the Netherlands as employers pay out differing social insurance contributions and taxes for individual employees, but below are the approximate figures of gross Dutch minimum wage. There is, however, a salary cap on public sector workers that restricts a wage higher than EUR 181,000 per year, which was extended in 2017 to include public television presenters.

Negotiating a pay rise may be affected by poor inflation in the Netherlands, which dipped into negative figures in 2016 but rebounded in December to 1 percent. The average inflation rate over 2016, however, was one of the lowest on record since 1987 at 0.3 percent.

The Netherlands' minimum wage 2017

Wages in the Netherlands rose an average of 0.1 percent in 2017, shown in the table below. Because of changes to Dutch taxes, take-home salary in the Netherlands is expected to increase in 2017 for almost all workers, averaging about EUR 10–20 extra per month.

Employee age

Monthly Dutch minimum wage

Weekly Dutch minimum wage

Daily Dutch minimum wage

23 years and older EUR 1,551.60 EUR 358.05 EUR 71.61
22 years old EUR 1,318.85 EUR 304.35 EUR 60.87
21 years old EUR 1,124.90 EUR 259.60 EUR 51.92
20 years old EUR 945.25 EUR 220.20 EUR 44.04
19 years old EUR 814.60 EUR 188.00 EUR 37.60
18 years old EUR 706.00 EUR 162.90 EUR 32.58
17 years old EUR 612.90 EUR 141.45 EUR 28.29
16 years old EUR 535.30 EUR 123.55 EUR 24.71
15 years old EUR 465.50 EUR 107.40 EUR 21.48

By law, everyone working in the Netherlands between the ages of 15 and state pension age are entitled to at least the Netherlands minimum wage for their age bracket, and a holiday allowance. Your employer is also obligated to pay the new Dutch minimum wage as of each birthday. Flexi-workers, such as home-based workers and on-call employees, are also entitled to the Dutch minimum wage, as are contract workers, those who provide services but are not in a permanent position.

Underpayment: Less than Dutch minimum wage

If you receive less than the Dutch minimum wage or holiday allowance, you have the right to take action up to five years after you were underpaid.

minimum wage netherlands - netherlands minimum wage,Your payslip should include information such as your basic pay rate and other commissions, as well as the Dutch minimum wage and holiday allowance for your age so you can compare the two figures.

If you are being underpaid, you should first speak to your employer. In some cases you employer may be eligible to apply to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) for permission to pay less than the Netherlands' minimum wage, although you should confirm this.

If unsuccessful, you can then take your case to the Inspectorate SZW or a limited jurisdiction judge (anonymously if you wish), although it is advised to first consult a union, legal adviser, legal aid centre or social counsellor.

Fines of up to EUR 12,000 will apply if the employer’s payroll records show discrepancies of underpayment. Arrears of your oustanding wages must also be paid to you within four weeks, otherwise the Inspectorate SZW can impose a fine of EUR 500 per day, rising up to EUR 40,000, on your employer.

Minimum wage in Netherlands: Foreign employees

The Netherlands' minimum wage for foreigners who work under a Dutch work permit is set at the same rate as workers aged 23 years and older, even if the employee is younger than 23 years old and only working part-time. A foreign worker can only be issued a Dutch work permit if their employer pays them at least the full Netherlands minimum wage.

Minimum wage Amsterdam

Wages in Amsterdam ranked 23 in the world according to the UBS Prices and Earnings report (2015), while Pay Inc. estimated the median salary in Amsterdam by gender in 2016 was EUR 40,797 for women and EUR 50,103 for men.

In the 2015 salary survey by recruitment consultants Robert Walters, salaries for various positions in the Netherlands were listed as: data entry EUR 20–31K, secretary EUR 26–40K, software developer EUR 30–85K, marketing analyst EUR 35–85K, business analyst EUR45–90K, national sales manager EUR 55–110K and sales director EUR 65–170K. You can find estimates of wages in the Netherlands on (in Dutch).

Salaries in the Netherlands

In terms of negotiating your salary, the Dutch university and college guide Keuze Studiegids analysed which degrees typically achieved the highest wages in the Netherlands. Reportedly dentistry was the most lucrative subject to study in the Netherlands, while graduates of art history and cultural studies, cultural anthropology, environmental sciences and international law were the least likely to find work with a good wage; for example, the report found that some 15 percent of art and culture graduates made less than EUR 900 a month, while many international law graduates started at NGOs where wages were structurally low. For new graduates, however, the report found they typically find it easiest to get a job with a high salary.

More information

Read the government's guide to the Netherlands' minimum wage.

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