• Working in the Netherlands

    As a European Citizen you are allowed to work in the European Union, however each country has different regulations concerning employment contracts. For instance, many people in the Netherlands work with a temporary employment contract. Some of them, including many people from other countries, work through private employment agencies.

Working in the Netherlands

As a European Citizen you are allowed to work in the European Union, however each country has different regulations concerning employment contracts. For instance, many people in the Netherlands work with a temporary employment contract. Some of them, including many people from other countries, work through private employment agencies.

This is how temporary employment works in The Netherlands:

A company searches for staff through a private employment agency. The agency searches for the right people, who are able and willing to carry out the work. As a privacy employment agency worker you are not employed by the company, but by the agency instead. The agency is responsible for paying your wages correctly and on time. The company that you work for is responsible for your supervision and safety at the workplace.

Please prepare properly if you are thinking about travelling to the Netherlands for work. Are you familiar with Dutch society, where will you live and what will it cost. Which insurances should you have and who can help you with this? Try to compare the costs to those in your own country.

Have you been offered a temporary contract by a private employment agency? Only sign if you fully understand the contract and are aware of how much you’ll earn and how many hours you will work. The majority of private employment agencies  is well organised and has an SNA registration, but always remember to check who you are signing a contract with. Paying recruitment fees is forbidden in the Netherlands. Don’t do it.

In short: good preparation will allow you to work without any issues in the Netherlands!

About the NBBU

The NBBU is a representative stakeholder for more than 1100 professional intermediaries in the Dutch labour market. Membership of the NBBU is a quality guarantee for good entrepreneurship.

Intermediairs who are a member of the NBBU will deliver:

Quality:
Intermediairs who are a member of the NBBU comply with the highest quality requirements in terms of administration and organization.

Knowledge:
NBBU members know the Dutch labour market better than anyone else. Specialists in the NBBU Servicedsek stand aside with specialist questions in the field of collective agreements, subsidies and (social) laws and regulations.

Reliability:
NBBU members need to be SNA-certified and they’re monitored for compliance with their cao (collective agreement for termporary workers). A member that doesn’t meet the NBBU requirements, loses the NBBU approval mark.

Professionality:
The professional intercedents who are members of the NBBU are highly skilled. The NBBU supports them with specialist knowledge and the NBBU Service Desk.

Flexible cao:
A NBBU member provides a flexible collective agreement for temporary workers.

Download NBBU cao Temporary Workers (January 2017 – English)

More information about working in The Netherlands:

Website Dutch Government

Website EURES