Minimum Wage – Netherlands

  • Valid on july 2019

Working hours

  • Days per week specified: 5.0
  • Hours per week specified: 38
  • The rates as set for the statutory minimum wage are based on a full working week. This usually is 36, 38 or 40 hours a week and it depends in what sector one works". Hardly 36 hours (this working week is negotiated in collective agreements). In most cases when the statutory minimumwage is paid it is a 40 hours working week. Sometimes even more. Hotel & catering, as well as retail: 38 hours.


As of 1 july 2017, the Statutory Minimum Wages for young people are set for people up until 22, in previous years this was 23 and older. The percentages for people who are 18, 19, 20 and 21 years old will also increase.

For employees who are employed on the basis of a contract of employment entered into in connection with a vocational guidance course (bbl), 1 July 2017, alternative staffs will be laid down in the Minimum Wage Decision. For students in the bbl in the age of 15 to 17 years and 21 years, the above amounts apply.

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Archived Minimum Wages