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Employment of young people

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency

In the Netherlands special rules apply to employment of young people regarding the kind of work and their working hours and rest times. These rules differ per age category. Young people aged between 13 and 16 are allowed to work outside school hours and in the holidays, but conditions apply. From the age of 16, young people are free to work without restrictions. Minimum youth wage for employees to 23 years old is being phases out. Since 1 July 2017 employees older than 22 wil receive regular minimum wage (WML); this will eventually become 21. Wages for 18, 19 and 20-year olds have also risen to prevent age playing a role in hiring.

Holiday work

You are permitted to have young employees work more hours when schools are closed and during holiday periods than when school is in session. There are several restrictions on when and where children are allowed to work, as well as on the types of employment.

Recruitment of young workers

Up to and including 31 December 2017 you are allowed to offer jobs for young people between 18 and 27 years of age specifically, for the purpose of tackling youth unemployment.

Your own company

People under the age of 16 are not permitted to have their own company. Those between the ages of 16 and 18 may have their own company, but they must be granted limited legal capacity by the sub-district court.

Employment of young people in the hotel and catering sector

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to work in areas where alcoholic beverages are provided for consumption.

Children in radio, television, film and theatre and performances

Special rules apply to children between 7 and 13 years of age who participate in performancesExternal link (in Dutch), such as acting in a film, fashion or tv show or commercial or performing in a theatre. They are only allowed to perform 24 days annually. Rehearsals are not considered to be performances. Employers require an authorisation from SZW InspectorateExternal link (Inspectie SZW) (Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency