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Last updated: 12/7/2022, 3:48 PM

Published at: 8/18/2022, 1:59 PM

A job in the Netherlands

If you fall under the Temporary Protection Directive and have a BSN, you are allowed to work in the Netherlands. You get a BSN when you register in the municipality where you are staying. Then you can start applying for jobs. Found a job? Congratulations! You may notice that the work culture, habits and rules are different from what you are used to.

Work culture

The Dutch have their own work culture. There is often little or no hierarchy. Everyone addresses all colleagues in more or less the same way. This is also good to know:

  • Informal: It is not strange to ask questions to a superior.

  • Plan-oriented: A deal is a deal: If you make work commitments, then your colleagues and your manager expect you to keep them.

  • Directness: in the Netherlands people speak very directly. This may come across as blunt or harsh. But it is not meant to be unkind.

  • Balance: The Dutch keep their work and private life separate. It is normal not to work one day a week. Then there is time for yourself or for friends and family.

Flexwork and contracts

You can get a fixed-term contract or an open-ended contract. There are employment contracts for fixed hours or for flexible work. With a flexible contract, it is not fixed how many hours you work. If you sign a flexible work contract, always read it carefully before signing it. You can read what you have to pay attention to on the website of the Juridisch loket.

Minimum wage

Everyone who works in the Netherlands is entitled to the minimum wage. This is the lowest amount that an employer must pay by law. You may therefore not earn less than this amount. As of 1 January 2022, this amount is € 1,725. Please note that this is a gross amount. Therefore, you have less left over. The minimum wage is adjusted twice a year: on 1 January and 1 July.

From the age of 21 you are entitled to the minimum wage. Are you younger than 21? Then you have a right to the minimum youth wage. More information about the minimum wage can be found on the website of CNV.

These websites will help you find a job:

You can find more useful websites on the page "Workplaces and internships".

You can read more about working in the Netherlands on the page 'Working in the Netherlands'.

Information in Ukrainian on working in the Netherlands can be found on the FNV website.

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