Remote’s guide to employing in

the Netherlands
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Make employment in the Netherlands easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in the Netherlands, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Dutch (official language), English , and Frisian (official language in Frisia)

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll

Facts & Stats

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Euro (€, EUR)

  • Languages

    Dutch (official language), English and Frisian (official language in Frisia)

  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$$$ (15 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    3,77% (2021 est.)

The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland, informally Holland), is a country in Western Europe along the North Sea coast. In Europe, it consists of 12 provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with those countries and the United Kingdom. The Netherlands ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom, economic freedom, human development and quality of life, as well as happiness. Remote's CEO is Dutch!

Grow your team in Netherlands with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Netherlands? Companies hiring in Netherlands must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Netherlands on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Netherlands team. You can also pay contractors now in Netherlands with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

Netherlands, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Netherlands may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

A canal lined with boats and trees in amsterdam.

Employing in Netherlands

Employment law in the Netherlands is not contained under a single law. Instead it is governed by statutory regulations codified in (among other laws) the Dutch Civil Code, then furthermore governed by (among other things) Collective Labour Agreements (Dutch Collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst, CAO) in certain industries, internal regulations (if applicable) and the individual employment contract itself.

Employment law provides strong labour conditions and protections for employees, so employing people will generally be an important investment and commitment.

However, temp agencies are popular options for more flexible workforce arrangements. For these and many other reasons, the following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in Netherlands.

The official website for employment information is at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

Minimum Wage

As of July 2024, the Netherlands minimum wage is EUR 13.68 per hour for adults 21 years and older.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in the Netherlands fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 4 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

Equipment Provision

Employees and contractors working in the Netherlands require a suitable and safe workplace. For remote workers, a laptop or computer, a work desk, and an ergonomically sound chair are often considered as base provisions.

Customers of Remote are responsible for working directly with their new starters to have the proper equipment for this suitable and safe workplace.

11 Public holidays

Monday 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Nieuwjaarsdag)
Friday 29 March 20242Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag)
Sunday 31 March 20243Easter (Pasen)
Monday 1 April 20244Easter Monday (Paasmaandag)
Saturday 27 April 20245Royal Day (Koningsdag)
Sunday 5 May 20246Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag)
Thursday 9 May 20247Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ (Hemelvaartsdag)
Sunday 19 May 20248Pentecost (Eerste Pinksterdag)
Monday 20 May 20249Pentecost Monday (Tweede Pinksterdag)
Wednesday 25 December 202410Christmas Day (Kerstmis)
Thursday 26 December 202411Boxing Day (Tweede Kerstdag)

Competitive benefits package in the Netherlands

Remote supports our clients by offering competitive benefits packages that will help you attract and retain the best talent across the globe! Our benefits specialists have done the research on norms and requirements in each local market and have crafted packages that will allow your employees to thrive, no matter what country they live in.

Our benefits packages in the Netherlands are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Local market insights

  • In the Netherlands, 50%* of employers offer supplemental health insurance to their workforce. (*based on 3rd-party market research from our partners)

  • The country has a robust public health system, and while supplemental health insurance is not required, it provides employees with access to a wider range of options for providers and specialists, as well as shorter wait times. Our plans also offer global coverage (excluding the US) to protect your employees when they are travelling outside their home country.

Our core benefits (which often include things like healthcare) are required in most countries where we hire. We do not require customers to offer benefits in the Netherlands due to its strong public system and local laws that protect us (and you!) against claims of non-discriminatory hiring practices. However, we do recommend that employers in the Netherlands offer benefits to their employees based on market standards. Note that we do not add a markup on any benefits premiums or administration costs.

If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in the Netherlands, start onboarding your first employee with Remote today.

For more insight into fair equity and benefits best practices, download our Global Benefits Guide and share with the rest of your hiring team.

Fair Pricing in the Netherlands

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you


Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app