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Payroll in the Netherlands

Payroll in the Netherlands

What if you could expand your hiring territory to the Netherlands? With a population of over 17 and a half million, your company would gain access to a rich talent pool of highly skilled workers. 

In fact, the Netherlands is tied in first place with Finland for having the most digitally-skilled population in the EU.

While there are many more compelling reasons for your business to want to hire from the Netherlands’ thriving talent pool, you’ll first need to get to grips with how the payroll works over there. 

We get it, it’s going to be pretty stressful to try to figure it all out for yourself. Especially when it comes to tax, statutory employee benefits, and compliance. But that’s where a payroll company can help. Skuad can take care of the essential payroll, leaving you free to conduct your business in the Netherlands. Here’s how…

What does the payroll process in the Netherlands involve?

The Netherlands has its own payroll process that looks something like this:

  • Obtain the employee or contractor’s information - including their passport as well as their Dutch Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer or BSN).
  • Calculate gross pay - the total amount earned by your employee each month before tax.
  • Calculate net pay - the total amount taken home by your employee each month after tax and social security contributions.
  • Create the payslip - keeping a record of the above information and providing a copy to your employee.
  • Transfer tax and deductions to the relevant authorities - the employer is responsible for withholding tax and other deductions before transferring these funds to the correct government body. 

While payroll workflows do appear to be similar across countries, they all have their own distinctions. 

For example, did you know that the Netherlands has one of the highest employee tax regimes in the world? They’re third to Romania and Russia. Or were you aware that employees from the Netherlands are entitled to a "general tax credit" (heffingskorting)?

There’s a lot of information that’s vital for employers to get right, so let’s find out more about what’s required for payroll in the Netherlands — and how Skuad can help you nail it. 

What do you need to know about payroll in the Netherlands?

A few payroll basics for the Netherlands

The standard currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€, EUR). The payroll frequency is monthly and is usually paid to employees on the last day of the month. 

Working hours in the Netherlands

The average working week in the Netherlands is 40 hours, so 9 hours per day. This standard working week cannot exceed 45 hours unless the worker goes into overtime. 

Overtime rules in the Netherlands

If a worker does work beyond their weekly hours, they must be compensated with overtime pay. The upper limit on overtime hours will be disclosed in collective agreements or the employment contract. 

Minimum wage requirements in the Netherlands

Employees over the age of 21 in the Netherlands are entitled to a minimum wage of at least €1,725 a month. Younger employees may receive lower rates. 

The Dutch government reviews minimum wage rates twice a year, with any relevant changes coming into play on January 1st or July 1st. 

Severance pay in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, severance pay is referred to as ‘transition compensation’ (transitievergoeding). It is calculated with a formula that multiplies the ‘S-factor’ — length of service with the ‘R-factor’ — remuneration. 

  • S-factor: add one-sixth for every six months of service for the first 10 years of employment. Add one-quarter for every six months of service longer than 10 years.
  • R-factor: monthly wage, including base pay, bonuses, overtime, profit sharing, and holiday pay. 

If you didn’t sign up to using confusing formulae in order to stay compliant in the Netherlands, let Skuad take care of your payroll. 

The Netherlands payroll tax and deductions

Compulsory employer and employee salary contributions in the Netherlands are broken down below:

Employer contributions:

  • WAO/WIA Aof : Invalidity Insurance Fund:
    5.49% for small businesses
    7.05% for medium to large businesses
  • WW premium: Unemployment Fund
    0.34% AWf layer
    5.34% Awf high
  • ZVW : Healthcare Insurance Act
    6.75% (maximum contribution income €59,706)
  • Whk: Work Resumption Fund
    0.21% to 3.36%
  • Sickness Benefits Act
    0.17% to 2.72%
  • Child Care Premium
    0.50%

Employee contributions:

  • AOW: Old Age Pension
    17.9%
  • ANW: Orphans and widow/widower pension
    0.10%
  • WLZ: Long Term Care
    9.65%
  • Awf: General Unemployment Fund - for employees with permanent employment contracts for an indefinite period
    Up to 2.70%

Income tax

  • On salaries up to and including €69,398 - 37.07%
  • On salaries above Over 69,399 - 49.50%

In order to stay compliant with payroll regulations in the Netherlands, you must get tax and deductions correct. Book a demo of Skuad’s payroll services today. 

Employee leave entitlement in the Netherlands

Public holidays

There are 11 official public holidays in the Netherlands. In 2022, that looks like:

  • New Year's Day Sat, 1 Jan 2022
  • Good Friday Fri, 15 Apr 2022
  • Easter Sunday Sun, 17 Apr 2022
  • Easter Monday Mon, 18 Apr 2022
  • King's Day Wed, 27 Apr 2022
  • Ascension Day Thu, 26 May 2022
  • Whitsun Sun, 5 Jun 2022
  • Whit Monday Mon, 6 Jun 2022
  • Christmas Day Sun, 25 Dec 2022
  • 2nd Day of Christmas Mon, 26 Dec 2022

Paid leave

Full-time employees in the Netherlands are entitled to at least 20 days of paid annual leave, though employers tend to offer up to 32 days in total. 

Any statutory days of paid leave accrued from the previous year must have been taken by July. It’s the employer’s responsibility to notify their employee when this accrued leave is due to expire. 

Sick leave

Dutch employees are entitled to 70% of their recent salary for up to one year of illness. If the sickness lasts for longer than a year, then WULBZ becomes effective. This law means that the employee will continue to receive at least 70% of their recent salary for up to 104 weeks of sickness. 

While this sick pay does come through social security, employers may decide to also pay towards their employee’s sick pay to make up a total 100% of recent salary. 

Working alongside government bodies is a huge part of running payroll in the Netherlands. Chat to Skuad about our Netherlands payroll services to help lighten your load.

Maternity / Paternity leave

Employees who are ‘expecting’ in the Netherlands should receive at least 16 weeks of maternity leave, made up of prenatal and postnatal leave. 

  • Prenatal leave (zwangerschapsverlof): 4 - 6 weeks leave before the due date
  • Postnatal leave (bevallingsverlof): 10 - 12 weeks leave following the birth of the child. 

Please note: While it’s possible for the Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV) to pay maternity pay straight to the employee, it’s usually paid by the employers, who are then reimbursed by the Employee Insurance Agency. 

If the pregnancy or childbirth renders the employee unable to fulfill their work duties, then the employee is eligible to benefits that are equivalent to the total salary for up to one year post-birth. 

Fathers or partners are entitled to one week of paternity leave following the birth of the child. They are entitled to a further five weeks of unpaid paternity leave — though they can claim up to 70% of their salary from the Employee Insurance Agency. 

As of August 2022, new parental leave will entitle all parents to 50% of their wages for nine weeks of leave during the first year of the child’s life. 

Other leave allowances

  • Short-term care: Dutch employees may take two days of paid leave per year during which they’re entitled to 70% of their salary.
  • Adoption leave: employers can apply for up to six weeks of adoption leave from the Employee Insurance Agency on behalf of their employees.

Payroll compliance in the Netherlands

Employers are legally obligated to ensure that their employees are correctly registered for tax and social security purposes.

To avoid fines or business penalties, your company will need to closely follow employment and payroll regulations, as well as make sure that all taxes and contributions are paid correctly and on time. 

Worried about staying compliant with Dutch payroll regulations? Book a demo with Skuad to take that worry off of your plate. 

Payroll services in the Netherlands: How to start building your team?

When you start hiring in the Netherlands, you could task your existing HR team with the challenge of understanding and implementing Dutch payroll. But be warned, this can be complex and costly, not to mention time-consuming. 

Outsourcing your payroll in the Netherlands to a payroll service provider can save you valuable time and money.

Better yet, you could outsource all of your international payroll operations including your home country to a global payroll provider like Skuad. 

What’s in it for your company?

Simple workflow

Forget using a load of different software to do one job. Skuad manages payroll for multiple countries from one simple dashboard. 

100% compliant

Payroll compliance is key to keep your business running smoothly. Skuad’s employment and payroll experts are on hand to ensure that your company is aligned with Dutch laws at all times. 

Improved employee experience

Keep your employees feeling valued with competitive exchange rates, unmatched benefit packages, and enjoyable onboarding processes.

Hiring flexibility

Fancy hiring employees from anywhere in the world? With over 160 countries to choose from, Skuad can help you to build out a truly global workforce. 

Ready to begin hiring workers in the Netherlands — and even further afield? Book in for a free demo of Skuad’s payroll services to see how we can benefit your business.