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Employee Benefits in the Netherlands

  • September 2014
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  • Timetric
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  • 54 pages


The report provides in-depth industry analysis, information and insights into employee benefits in the Netherlands, including:
• An overview of state and compulsory benefits in the Netherlands
• Detailed information about private benefits in the Netherlands
• Insights into the various central institutions responsible for the administration of the different branches of social security
• The regulatory framework and recent regulations relating to Dutch employee benefits


The Dutch social security system is one of the most comprehensive in Europe and is based on social insurances and supplementary income support schemes. It can be classified into three types: national insurance schemes, which consist of old-age pension (AOW) and child benefits (AKW); employee insurance schemes, which include unemployment benefit, long-term disability (WIA) and sickness (ZW); and social assistance. Contributions for national insurance schemes are based on an individual’s income. For employee insurance schemes, employers pay the majority of contributions, with employees paying a proportion from their wages. Employees need a Burger Service Number (BSN, previously known as a Sofi number) in order to register in the financial, tax and social system.


This report provides a detailed analysis of employee benefits in the Netherlands:
• It offers a detailed analysis of the key government-sponsored employee benefits, along with private benefits
• It covers an exhaustive list of employee benefits, including retirement benefits , death in service benefits, long-term disability benefits, short-term sickness benefits, medical benefits, workmen’s compensation insurance, maternity and paternity benefits, family benefits, minimum resources and private benefits
• It highlights the economic and regulatory situations relating to employee benefits in the Netherlands

Reasons To Buy

• Make strategic decisions using in-depth information related to the Netherlands employee benefits
• Assess the Dutch employee benefits market, including state and compulsory benefits and private benefits
• Gain insights into the key employee benefit schemes offered by private employers in the Netherlands
• Gain insights into key regulations governing the Netherlands employee benefits, and their impact on companies

Key Highlights

• The Dutch social security system covers a large proportion of the population, and plays a significant role in the country’s employee benefits market
• The social security system can be classified into three types: national insurance schemes, which consist of old-age pension (AOW) and child benefits (AKW); employee insurance schemes, which include unemployment benefit, long-term disability (WIA) and sickness (ZW); and social assistance
• Both social security and private employee benefits are popular in the Netherlands
• Private benefits provide access to a range of services that improve employees’ quality of life
• Increasing life expectancy, a decrease in state benefits and recent amendments to the pension legislation are forcing the majority of Dutch companies to offer DC or hybrid plans to employees instead of DB ones, in order to keep benefit costs under control

Table Of Contents

Employee Benefits in the Netherlands
Table of Contents
1 Executive Summary
2 Introduction
2.1 What is this Report About?
2.2 Definitions
3 Country Statistics
4 Overview of Employee Benefits in The Netherlands
5 Regulations
6 State and Compulsory Benefits
6.1 Retirement Benefits
6.1.1 Introduction
6.1.2 Types of retirement plans
6.1.3 Eligibility
6.1.4 Age
6.1.5 Benefits
6.1.6 Payment options
6.1.7 Typical employer practice
6.1.8 Employee and employer contributions
6.1.9 Taxation
6.2 Death in Service
6.2.1 Introduction
6.2.2 Eligibility
6.2.3 Benefits
6.2.4 Payment options
6.2.5 Typical employer practice
6.2.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.2.7 Taxation
6.3 Long-term Disability Benefits
6.3.1 Introduction
6.3.2 Eligibility
6.3.3 Benefits
6.3.4 Payment options
6.3.5 Typical employer practice
6.3.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.3.7 Taxation
6.4 Short-Term Sickness Benefits
6.4.1 Introduction
6.4.2 Eligibility
6.4.3 Benefits
6.4.4 Payment options
6.4.5 Typical employer practice
6.4.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.4.7 Taxation
6.5 Medical Benefits
6.5.1 Introduction
6.5.2 Eligibility
6.5.3 Benefits
6.5.4 Payment options
6.5.5 Typical employer practice
6.5.6 Employee and employer contributions
6.6 Maternity and Paternity Benefits
6.6.1 Introduction
6.6.2 Eligibility
6.6.3 Benefits
6.6.4 Payment options
6.6.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.6.6 Taxation
6.7 Family Benefits
6.7.1 Introduction
6.7.2 Eligibility
6.7.3 Benefits
6.7.4 Payment options
6.7.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.7.6 Taxation
6.8 Unemployment Benefits
6.8.1 Introduction
6.8.2 Eligibility
6.8.3 Benefits
6.8.4 Payment options
6.8.5 Employee and employer contribution
6.8.6 Taxation
6.9 Long-Term Care Insurance
6.9.1 Introduction
6.9.2 Eligibility
6.9.3 Benefits
6.9.4 Payment options
6.9.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.9.6 Taxation
6.1 Minimum Resources
6.10.1 Introduction
6.10.2 Eligibility
6.10.3 Benefits
6.10.4 Payment options
6.10.5 Employee and employer contributions
6.10.6 Taxation
7 Private Benefits
7.1 Retirement Benefits
7.2 Disability Benefits
7.3 Death Benefits
7.4 Sickness Benefits
7.5 Medical Benefits
7.6 Other Benefits
8 Macroeconomic Indicators
8.1 Economic Performance
8.1.1 GDP at constant prices (US dollars)
8.1.2 GDP per capita at constant prices (US dollars)
8.1.3 GDP at current prices (US dollars)
8.1.4 GDP per capita at current prices (US dollars)
8.1.5 GDP by key sectors
8.1.6 Inflation rate
8.1.7 Annual average exchange rate US$-EUR
8.1.8 Unemployment rate
8.1.9 Household consumption expenditure
8.1.10 Gross national disposable income
8.2 Demographics
8.2.1 Labor force
8.2.2 Total population
8.2.3 Urban and rural populations
9 Appendix
9.1 Methodology
9.2 Contact Timetric
9.3 About Timetric
9.4 Timetric's Services
9.5 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Definitions
Table 2: The Netherlands - Country Statistics
Table 3: The Netherlands - Recent Amendments to Regulations
Table 4: The Netherlands - the three Pillars of the Dutch Pension System
Table 5: The Netherlands - Proposed Raise in AOW Pension Age
Table 6: The Netherlands - Retirement Benefits and Allowances
Table 7: The Netherlands - Death in Service Benefits and Allowance
Table 8: The Netherlands - Benefits Paid Under the WGA Act
Table 9: The Netherlands - Benefits Paid Under the WAJONG Act
Table 10: The Netherlands - Child Benefits
Table 11: The Netherlands - Child-Related Allowances
Table 12: The Netherlands - Income Ceilings Applicable for Child-Related Allowances
Table 13: The Netherlands - Long-term Care Benefits In Kind
Table 14: The Netherlands - Contributions to DC and DB plans
Table 15: The Netherlands - Annual Base Salary, Pensionable Salary and Pensionable Services

List of Figures

Figure 1: Major Acts of the Dutch Social Security System
Figure 2: Dutch GDP at Constant Prices (US$ Billion), 2008-2012
Figure 3: Dutch GDP Per Capita at Constant Prices (US$), 2008-2012
Figure 4: Dutch GDP at Current Prices (US$ Billion), 2008-2012
Figure 5: Dutch GDP Per Capita at Current Prices (US$), 2008-2012
Figure 6: Dutch GDP by Key Sectors (%), 2008-2012
Figure 7: Dutch Inflation Rate (%), 2007-2013
Figure 8: Dutch Annual Average Exchange Rate US$-EUR, 2008-2012
Figure 9: Dutch Unemployment Rate (%), 2008-2012
Figure 10: Dutch Household Consumption Expenditure (Billions), 2008-2012
Figure 11: Dutch Gross National Disposable Income (US$ Billion), 2008-2012
Figure 12: Dutch Size of Labor Force (Million), 2008-2012
Figure 13: Dutch Total Population (Million), 2008-2012
Figure 14: Dutch Urban and Rural Populations (%), 2008-2012

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