Folk wisdom says it’s better to protect yourself. To know how, you must first know against what! The season is beginning, when interest in additional work is growing. Poles, encouraged by high salaries, are increasingly deciding to take up work in the Netherlands (it happens that this is their first trip abroad).
In Poland labor agencies have ensured that the trip is fully fair and legal. And what is happening in the Netherlands? Sometimes in the Netherlands, workers are taken over by completely different agencies that were not mentioned in the contracts!
Before you go to work, it’s a good idea to prepare and learn as much as you can about the conditions of employment!
What should you know before you decide to go to work?
Netherlands needs temporary workers! However, you need to be aware of where and under what conditions you will be working. When choosing an employment agency, it is essential that you pay attention to a few basic things. Here are some of them:
- ABU or NBBU certification – does the agency have this certification?
- It is also worth checking whether a particular agency is listed in the register kept by the marshal of a particular province.
- The employment contract should be in Polish! Only then will you be able to understand under what conditions you will find yourself employed
- How many hours per day and per week will you work! Remember that your employer cannot require you to work more than 12 hours a day
- Who will cover the travel costs, will you be charged with them, does the agency in question cover the cost of getting to work?
- The timing of your salary and how much you will earn is also important. Remember, there are minimum wage requirements in the Netherlands!!!
- Insurance for medical expenses! In the Netherlands, every working person is required to have health insurance.
- Accommodations. Does the employment agency guarantee accommodation and at what price. Remember that the accommodation must meet health and safety requirements, the agency does not have the right to place its employees in old and neglected premises.
What to bring with you?
If all the paperwork for going to work is buttoned up, the job is good and the apartment is too, one dilemma remains… how topack? What not to forget? What might be useful to me?
In addition to clothes and cosmetics, which of course are essential, remember:
- documents – especially remember your ID card!
- A cell phone (or preferably two) – it’s hard to do without a phone these days,
- Money – be financially prepared! Before you get your first paycheck, you have to support yourself for a while.
- map and phrasebook – remember that you are going to a foreign country! Don’t be ashamed to use it! It will make it easier for you to get out of many embarrassing situations!
Also make sure to keep in touch with your loved ones! Inform them thoroughly about the details of the trip: where you are going, for how long, with whom… It is important to be in regular contact with your family!