The Netherlands is famous for having the lowest unemployment among EU countries, strict enforcement of labor rights and high wages (minimum wages there are raised every six months). Not surprisingly, the local market is of great interest to Poles. Today we have prepared a short guide, from which you will learn exactly what it is like to work and live in the Netherlands.
What documents are necessary for legal employment?
Poles do not need to apply for a residence permit and take up employment locally. Both seasonal work in the Netherlands without language and permanent employment is possible for any EU citizen who has an identity card and who applies to the Dutch local authority for a BSN number needed for contacts with local institutions (tax, insurance, registration purposes).
What are the earnings like?
Jobs in the Netherlands right away are so popular primarily because of the high wages. The minimum wage here is raised every six months, and the amount depends on the age of the worker:
|Age of the employee||Minimum monthly rate||Minimum weekly wage||Minimum daily rate|
|21 years and older||€ 1 995||€ 460,40||€ 92,08|
|20 years||€ 1 596||€ 368,30||€ 73,66|
|19 years||€ 1 197||€ 276,25||€ 55,25|
|18 years||€ 997,50||€ 230,20||€ 46,04|
|17 years||€ 788,05||€ 181,85||€ 36,37|
|16 years||€ 688,30||€ 158,85||€ 31,77|
|15 years||€ 598,50||€ 138,10||€ 26,62|
Overtime may be added to the minimum wage. A holiday bonus (8% of annual earnings) is also a plus.
The lowest rates can be expected by Poles who choose simple jobs without language skills. Medical support staff can expect salaries of more than €1,900, in public administration salaries range from €2,700, drivers earn around €2,100, and average salaries in the construction industry are around €2,000.
The cost of living in the Netherlands
The cost of living in the Netherlands is not prohibitive. The largest portion of earnings is usually consumed by renting a room or apartment. A room can be found here for about 200-1000 euros a month (the most expensive is in Amsterdam and other large cities), and an independent apartment from 400 euros. However, recruitment agencies often provide work in the Netherlands immediately with accommodation (its cost is about 250-300 euros).
A big plus is the unaffordable food prices. The weekly budget for this should be within 100 euros.