If you don’t have an employment contract governed by your home country laws when you move to the Netherlands, Dutch employment laws and regulations will be important for you. A selection of the most important rules is provided below.
Please be aware that this overview is for information purposes only; the official (Dutch) text of the law is always definitive.
Permission to work
All non-EU citizens who want to work in the Netherlands must obtain a work permit before they start. There are exceptions, including people working for such international organisations as the International Court and the European Space Agency; the organisation handles all the necessary paperwork for its employees. People from an EU member state or a country within the European Economic Area (except Croatia) do not need to apply for a work permit. Highly skilled migrants may also be exempted, if their status is confirmed.
A work permit can be obtained by your employer from the national Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemers Verzekeringen (only in Dutch), UWV), which is the office for re-integration, unemployment benefits etc.
Please find here a brochure with general information about working in the Netherlands.