Netherlands

For employees in the Netherlands, their joint number one employee benefit would be retirement and pensions as these are their main areas of concern. It has always been the custom for the employer to take care of the retirement pension and employees would like to keep it that way.

Asinta Partner
Hans Huizing

Schouten Zekerheid

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When asked to rank three other common benefits in order of importance, the average Dutch employee would like say: Medical, Disability and Travel.

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Employee responsibility is increasing which is a real paradigm shift.

Average Cost For Employer Sponsored Benefits

The average cost of an employee benefit package is 12% of gross salary for a pension scheme, disability scheme, healthcare and accident cover. The employee commonly pays one third of the premiums.

Advice

Before entering the market in the Netherlands, undertake a detailed calculation of benefit costs and social security premiums. Possibly of even more importance is to check if there are any collective workforce agreements you may need to abide by.

Surprising Fact

Employers have a high level of responsibility towards their employees. One example is the fact that in the case of absence due to sickness, the employer has an obligation to pay up to two years of full salary while the employee is out due to their illness.

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