Government support for entrepreneurs

Guide for employing temporary staff

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you have a business in the Netherlands that needs temporary staff, you can hire them via an intermediary, such as a temporary employment or a secondment agency. You can use this guide to quickly determine which obligations you must fulfil in that case. This plan also includes a number of obligations relevant for hiring staff from outside the Netherlands. Please consult the other guides on this website before hiring permanent staff or contracting work out to third parties.

Hiring temporary staff

1. Check whether the supplier is listed in the Dutch Business Register

As a hirer, you must check whether the supplier is listed in the Dutch Business Register. This is possible by doing the (Dutch-language) Waadi check (Workers Allocation By Intermediairs Law, Waadi) offered by KVK.

2. Screen your future employees

You may want to screen your future employees who will hold integrity-sensitive positions.

3. Verify and record the employees’ identity

If you hire a temporary new employee, you must verify the employee’s identity using an original identity document. You must keep a copy of the identity document in your records.

4. Avoid liability for payroll tax and turnover tax

The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration may hold you liable for the payroll tax and turnover tax owed by your intermediary. One way of preventing liability for payroll tax and turnover tax is to ask the organisation that hires employees out to you to set up a blocked account (G account).

Please note: By doing business with an SNA-certified company you run less risk of claims from the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration if this company fails to meet its obligations.

5. Provide healthy and safe working conditions

As an employer, you must provide a healthy and safe workplace for all personnel, including temporary employees hired through an intermediary.

6. Establish working hours and rest times

The Working Hours Act states the number of hours that your employees are permitted to work each day and each week and when they are entitled to breaks. This Act also covers workers that you hire via an intermediary.

7. Ensure that your temporary worker receives at least the minimum wage

Every worker has the right to the statutory minimum wage plus the standard holiday allowance. If you hire temporary workers you are also responsible for them receiving at least the statutory minimum wage.

Hiring staff from outside the Netherlands

1. Recruit staff from the Netherlands and the EEA first

You are obliged to recruit staff first in the Netherlands, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. You are only allowed to look for staff in other countries if you can not find suitable staff in these countries.

2. Verify the work permit

If you hire a temporary worker from outside the EEA/Switzerland or from Croatia you must verify that this person has a work permit. The intermediary must request a work permit for this person.

3. Verify the E101/A1 statement

If you hire a foreign worker, in some situations he may remain covered by social insurance in his own country. In that case you are not required to pay social security contributions in respect of this worker. In order to be certain on this point, you can ask your intermediary to submit an E101/A1 statement.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Netherlands Enterprise Agency +31 (0)88 602 44 44