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Netherlands – Minimum wage adjusted

13 July 2012

The minimum wage in the Netherlands has risen from 1 July and the increase in pay is also applicable to contracted workers. Adults, specifically those aged over 23, will have to earn a gross monthly wage income of €1.456.20. Per week, this translates into a rate of €336.05 while per day salaries are not allowed to drop below €67.21 for a full-time worker.

But hourly pay rates are not fixed by law in the Netherlands although they can be calculated when looking at hours worked per week. If an employee works 40 hours a week, this results in a minimum hourly pay rate of €8.40, compared to somebody working 36 hours a week who would then receive a gross hourly rate of €9.33.

Differences remain in place for young people aged under 23 and part-timers . For part-time workers the monthly minimum wage is dependent on the working hours determined in the employment contract.

Young people will receive a certain percentage of the minimum pay, dependent on their age. Those aged 22 are entitled to receive 85% of the minimum pay (a daily rate of €57.13) while those aged 15 will have to receive at least 30% (a daily rate of €20.16).

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment also corrected a mistake today regarding the adjustment of the minimum wage for 19-year-olds who are to receive at least €176.45 per week and €35.29 per day. The minimum wage in the Netherlands is adjusted twice a year on 1 January and 1 July.

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