New income requirements 2019
In the Netherlands, all citizens need to earn at least a minimum salary set by the Dutch government. This minimum wage is determined every year on the 1st and 2nd of January. This minimum applies to everyone in the Netherlands or if you’re working on the basis of the residence permit of your partner. The numbers are based on your age and are higher for people who are 23 years of age or older. This salary is a minimum, so employers are required to pay you at least this amount. If you agree a higher amount, that is fine.
The minimum wage for 2019 is:
The above-mentioned amounts do not include the 8% mandatory holiday allowance. The holiday allowance can be paid monthly (in parts spread out over the year) or in one payment on top of the minimum salary. Hourly rates are different if you work fewer than 40 hours a week, e.g. employees who work 38 or 36 hours a week.
Minimum wages in the Netherlands for expats and knowledge migrants
For highly skilled migrants in the Netherlands, one of the most important conditions for a residence permit is the salary level. For knowledge migrants who are 30 years of age and older or under 30 years of age, the salary requirements are as follows:
- Knowledge migrants who are 30 years of age or older need to earn at least EUR 4.500,00 gross per month. This excludes the 8% holiday allowance.
- Knowledge migrants under the age of 30 need to earn at least EUR 3.299,00 gross per month. This also excludes the 8% holiday allowance.
Also, knowledge migrants who start working in the Netherlands within the first year after graduation need to earn at least EUR 2.364,00 gross per month excluding the 8% holiday allowance. This group of people is referred to as ‘zoekjaar migrants’.
In order to qualify for the knowledge migrant status in the Netherlands, there are a few more other requirements in addition to the gross salary level.
Knowledge migrants with the 30% ruling
Are you a knowledge migrant from outside the EU working in the Netherlands? In that case you are already earning the salary required to make use of the 30% ruling. However, sometimes a salary adjustment is needed for the new year since the levels are adjusted at the beginning of January every year.
In order to get the 30% tax benefit, one needs to earn a taxable salary of at least EUR 37.743,00 per year (based on 2019). This applies to knowledge migrants who are 30 years of age and older.
Knowledge migrants with a master’s degree who are under 30 years of age need to earn at least EUR 28.690,00 (based on 2019) per year.
Just like the requirements for qualifying as a knowledge migrant, there are also other requirement for obtaining the 30% ruling.
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