Living and Working in the Netherlands in 2010, presented by EURE

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Living and Working in the Netherlands in 2010. A presentation given at the EURES European Job Days in Lisbon on the 21st of October.

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Living and Working in the Netherlands in 2010, presented by EURE

  1. 1. Living and Working in the Netherlands
  2. 2. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 2 The Netherlands  Windmills,  Tulips  Wooden shoes  Cheese and milk  The Polder model  Soft drugs  The struggle against the sea
  3. 3. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 3 Present situation labour market  In general 2.2% economic growth in 2010 Growing fast: Still problematic: - industry - construction - wholesale - hotel and catering industry - transportation - retail - agriculture  Unemployment rate 5.7% (449.000), decreasing  15% more vacancies in 2010 than 2009 at PES
  4. 4. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 4 Opportunities  Health care  Callcenter agents  Cooks  Industrial cleaners  Engineers  Qualified welders and pipe fitters
  5. 5. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 5 Keep in mind  Language  Competences / diploma  Application from abroad  Cultural aspects  Relocation / accommodation  Extra costs first months
  6. 6. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 6 How to find a job?  Public employment service and Eures - www.werk.nl - www.eures.europa.eu  Internet - Job sites - Company sites  Job advertisements in newspapers  Spontaneous applications  Flexwork agencies - Specific legislation
  7. 7. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 7 Application  Formal application letter and CV - Email - Post (not written by hand)  Interview - Formal - Pro-active - If requested diplomas and recommendations
  8. 8. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 8 Wages  Legal minimum wage - 23 years and older : € 1416,00 gross / month - 18 – 22 years  depending on age a percentage of the minimum wage  Wage as agreed in Collective Labour Agreements (CAO) - Also for recruitment agencies  Wages can be negotiated between employer and employee
  9. 9. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 9 Social security National insurance (volksverzekeringen)  Social benefits/special health insurance (AWBZ)  General old age pension (AOW)  Widow’s Pension (ANW)  Child benefits (AKW) Employee insurance  Unemployment benefits  Disability insurance  Sickness benefits Health insurance - Private insurance
  10. 10. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 10 Registration  Apply for a sofi-number (fiscal number) at the tax office  Suggestion: Visit (im)migration counter (GBA) of the Civil Affairs Department (Burgerzaken) at your local council.  Residency > 3 months  registration at GBA and Immigration office (IND) obliged in order to obtain residence permit.
  11. 11. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 11 Recognition of diplomas NL  www.idw.nl  www.colo.nl  www.nuffic.nl
  12. 12. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 12 Websites  www.werk.nl (Public Employment Service NL)  www.eures.europa.eu  www.belastingdienst.nl (tax office, site in english)  www.svb.nl (social security, site different languages)  www.newtoholland.nl
  13. 13. Living and Working in the Netherlands PAG 13 Thank you for your attention

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