As of 1 January 2017, the statutory gross minimum wage in the Netherlands for employees of 23 years and older that work full-time will be:
Note: The adult minimum wage will also apply to employees 22 years and older.
Please be informed that the law regarding gross minimum wage is statutory law. Therefore, the gross minimum wage also applies to employment contracts with foreign employees that habitually perform their work in The Netherlands, even in case a choice of law has been made in the employment contract.
Statutory youth minimum wage
|Age||Percentage||Per month||Per week||Per day|
|21 years||85%||€ 1,330.60||€ 307.05||€ 61.41|
|20 years||70%||€ 1,095.80||€ 252.85||€ 50.58|
|19 years||55%||€ 860.95||€ 198.70||€ 39.74|
|18 years||47.5%||€ 743.55||€ 171.60||€ 34.32|
|17 years||39,5%||€ 618.35||€ 142.70||€ 28.54|
|16 years||34,5%||€ 540.05||€ 124.65||€ 24.93|
|15 years||30%||€ 469.60||€ 108,40||€ 21.68|
Note: The minimum wage for employees 18 – 21 year old will be increased additionally as they will receive a higher percentage of the adult minimum wage.
When the working time is shorter than the customary working time, the statutory (youth) minimum wage will be in proportion to the hours worked.
The hourly wage may vary across the sectors, depending on the number of hours that is agreed upon as the customary working time. The customary working time is defined as the working time which has been agreed upon for full-time employment in a certain sector. In most collective labour agreements the working time of full-time employment is 36, 38 or 40 hours per week.
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