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COVID-19 Bonus for professionals in the care sector

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Are you a care provider, care professional, or do you work in a care institution in another professional capacity such as cleaner? You may be eligible for the COVID-19 bonus for workers in the care sector. Only employers or clients can file an application. They could apply for all care professions from 15 June 2021.

Who can apply?

Only employers or clients of care professionals can apply for this bonus (in Dutch). As a care provider you can apply for your employees. It makes no difference if they work for you on a permanent basis, as self-employed professionals (zzp’ers) or as temporary (agency) workers. Care providers in this respect can be a private-law legal entity, an organisational partnership of individuals, or natural persons. Eligible care providers are among others those who:

  • were registered with the Chamber of Commerce on 1 January 2021 with at least 2 employees and with an SBI code that is on the list of SBI codes (in Dutch).
  • provide professional healthcare under the Healthcare Insurance Act (Zorgverzekeringswet), the Long-term Care Act (Wet langdurige zorg, Wlz) or the Public Health Act (Wet publieke gezondheid) or cause it to be provided
  • provide youth care as specifiied in the Youth Act (article 1.1)
  • provide (health)care and support under the Social Support Act (Wet Maatschappelijke Ondersteuning, Wmo)

You can check all eligible providers on DUS-I's website (in Dutch).

Who can you apply for?

You can apply if you think your care professionals have delivered an outstanding performance. You decide who qualifies. Care providers can apply for staff if they:

  • have taken care of patients and/or clients suffering from COVID-19, such as providing care, nursing, support, treatment, or engaging in triage
  • have contributed to the effort in battling the disease, for instance worked extra hours, have covered for colleagues or performed tasks that have helped to minimise the spread of the virus
  • have worked for you in the period 1 October 2021 until 15 June 2021. It makes no difference if they were working on a permanent contract, on a temporary basis, or as a self-employed professional
  • do not earn more than €74,000 per year on a full-time basis. For self-employed professionals and temporary (agency) workers an hourly rate has been determined.

For care professionals who are employed via a personal care budget (pgb) you can find all conditions on the Dutch government's website (pdf, in Dutch).

Please note: If you are care professional and you comply with the conditions, you should ask your employer or customer to apply for this bonus for you. Only care providers decide who qualifies and can subsequently apply.

How to apply?

You can no longer apply for the COVID-19 care bonus for care professionals or for care professionals who are employed via a personal care budget.

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