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Mercans offers complete payroll, PEO and HR services in the Netherlands

One of the most open economies in the world, the Netherlands offers excellent infrastructure, a strong treaty network and a highly educated workforce. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) better life index indicates that the Netherlands has the best work-life balance.


Doing Business in the Netherlands

Ranked No.4 by Forbes “Best Countries for Business”, the Netherlands is well-situated and close to Europe’s 500 million consumers and business customers. With a competitive international business climate, the Netherlands offers foreign businesses a favorable environment to expand. Rolling out the orange carpet, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency provides free confidential services to support businesses starting up, rolling out or expanding in the Netherlands.The government also encourages innovative SMEs through a range of tax benefits, innovation loans and grants.

Entity Registration and Incorporation Requirements

Setting up a new business or expanding an existing one in the Netherlands is straightforward. Choose how your company operates from a range of entity types which suit your individual circumstance.


Banks are open from Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Working Week

The standard working week is 38 hours per week usually worked from Monday to Friday

Labor Law

The main sources of employment law are the Dutch Constitution, civil law, labour regulations, collective labour law and collective labour agreements. The European Union plays a supplementing role due to binding legislation.

Main Industries

Chemicals, trade, machinery, metallurgy, electrical goods and services

GDP Growth


Dates & Numbers


Official State Name

Kingdom of the Netherlands


17.44 million



Major Languages




Internet Domain


International Dialing Code


Amsterdam, NL
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Payroll in Netherlands

Our specialized Netherlands payroll services allow you to easily handle cross-border payroll operations and manage global payments, while also providing your international team with top-tier benefits that keep them motivated and engaged. With our 20+ years of experience, expertise, and smart payroll technology, we offer industry-leading payroll in Netherlands, and across the globe.

As a leader in the field of payroll outsourcing, Mercans holds a position among the largest payroll companies in Netherlands. We simplify complicated and time-consuming payroll processes like Real Time Information (RTI), reporting, and pension auto-enrolment with our end-to-end payroll services. Our payroll experts provide real-time payroll assistance to you as your dedicated payroll provider.


Payroll Services

Regulated by the Tax and Customs Administration, employers must pay employees at least once a month and must provide detailed payslips as well as adhere to the rules on deductions from pay. The majority of employees enjoy pay and conditions that stem from collective bargaining which are signed at the industry level. Companies who manage global payroll should take note that personnel costs are divided into four categories: direct labour costs (gross salary, holiday entitlements, bonuses commissions or profit distributions), indirect labour costs (pension fun, insurance, secondary benefits such as laptop or phone, meal or travel expenses and transport), payroll tax and other costs.

It is acceptable to provide employees with online pay slips


Payroll Reports must be kept for seven years


20 days after the first full year of employment

Annual Leave

Two years and paid 70% of their wage level

Sick Leave

16 weeks of paid maternity leave and one week of paid paternity leave

Maternity & Paternity Leave

1 month

Employee Termination

Provisions for the 13th salary are customary and are given in November and December

13th Salary

£10.34 for a 38 hour workweek

Minimum Wage

Maximum of 12 hours per shift with a maximum of 60 hours in the working week.


1/3 month's salary per year of service

Severance Pay


Mercans’ Netherlands PEO services offer a legally compliant employment solution for companies seeking to hire staff without establishing a legal entity. We manage visas, payroll, HR, and tax compliance on your behalf, empowering you to confidently expand your global team. Utilize our localized contracts, user-friendly invoicing system, and industry-leading compliance standards.


As a PEO outsourcing Netherlands, also known as a Dutch PEO, our services allow your company to recruit and onboard employees without the complexities of local business setup. Through our Global Employer of Record solutions, you can hire directly using our local legal entities in each country while we handle payroll, tax, benefits, and compliance, enabling you to focus on business growth.


Our integrated platform features automated workflows, digital signatures, payroll management, contractor payouts, and comprehensive compliance solutions for seamless operations within your organization. Mercans is esteemed as a reliable and leading provider of PEO services in the Netherlands and other countries. Explore the hiring, employment, payroll, and benefits requirements for workers in the Netherlands and learn how our PEO service Netherlands and local HR experts can support your international employment needs.


PEO Netherland

Mercans is a prominent company offering Professional Employment Organization (PEO) services in the Netherlands, providing businesses with a comprehensive range of solutions to meet their employment needs. Our services allow companies to focus on their core business operations while we handle the HR, payroll and compliance aspects of employment.

With our PEO in Netherlands, we ensure your business runs smoothly and efficiently by managing the complexities of Dutch employment laws, regulations, and tax requirements. Let Mercans PEO Services be your partner in successfully navigating the Dutch labor market.


Tax and Social Security

Businesses in the Netherlands pay and withhold a few types of tax. Employers withhold salaries tax and social insurance contributions from employee salaries. And thanks to a number of tax conventions signed with a few countries, double taxation can be avoided.


To avoid employees having to pay a large amount of income tax, employers withhold salaries tax from salaries. Additionally, national insurance contributions, employee insurance contributions and income-related health insurance contributions are also deducted from employee salaries.


Corporate Income Tax


Personal Income Tax


Sales Tax



Social Security

Employers remit employee insurance contributions which pay for the unemployment benefit scheme (WW), the invalidity insurance scheme (WAO) and the work and income (capacity for work) scheme (WIA). Contribution levels are set for twice a year. Payroll employees are entitled to the basic pension scheme. The pension register indicates how much pension an individual accrues from an employer and how much state pension (AOW) they are entitled to.


Social Security Rate


Social Security Rate for Employers


Social Security Rate for Employees


Employment Law

Anyone who works in the Netherlands is entitled to the Dutch minimum wage and a holiday allowance. This applies to temporary workers, flexible workers as well as foreign personnel.

Employment Agreement

The agreement must specify the employee’s salary, indicate whether a collective labour agreement applies, outline work hours and specify whether an employee pension scheme has been arranged. There are a few types of employment contracts including temporary and permanent ones.

Working condition

All employees aged between 21 and state pension age are entitled to the statutory minimum wage. The government can impose high fines on employers if this payment is not made. Employees are entitled to holiday days. The number of holiday hours that are taken depend on the number of hours worked.


Different types of leave apply including care leave (taking time off work to care for someone close to you) which has an impact on salary. There is both long-term and short-term care leave

Employment termination

An employee can only be dismissed if there is good reason to do so and the law defines the permissible grounds for dismissal. However, there are situations where you cannot dismiss an employee at all and times where no grounds for dismissal are required. An employee, however, may resign without good reason.


1 month

Minimum notice period for terminating an employee


2 days

Total number of public holidays



Working hours per week


4 weeks

Total number of days for Compassionate & Bereavement Leave



In general, non-EEA (European Economic Area) nationals require a combined residence and employment permit in order to be employed in the Netherlands for 90 days or more.


Residency Permit

European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals are entitled to stay in the Netherlands without a Dutch residence permit. A passport or ID card is sufficient proof of residence.
Entrepreneurs who intend to stay for longer than three months will usually need to apply for a provisional residence permit and a residence permit simultaneously. Those who are starting a business may apply for a one year residence permit as a starting entrepreneur.
Migrants who intend to work as an employee for over three months will typically require a GVVA (paid employment single permit) which is a combined permit to stay and work.

Work Permit validity

1 year

Required Documents

Valid passport

Proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation

Documentary evidence that shows that the company you work for has sufficient financial means to do business in the Netherlands

Entry in the Commercial Register abroad

Proof of sufficient means to pay for business transactions and tenders

Copies of bank statements over the last six months indicating that you have sufficient means

Proof that tax has been  paid

Proof of travel medical insurance being taken

Documentary evidence indicating that you have a job in the country of origin or residence

Compliant, reliable, error-free and touchless payroll in Netherlands

Build the best team and hire top talent compliantly in Netherlands. Get in touch with Netherlands payroll outsourcing & PEO specialists for a free consultation!

This document was prepared for informational purposes only. As local laws & regulations keeps on changing. Please consult your tax & legal advisors as well.
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