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The Dutch social security system

If you work in the Netherlands for extended periods of time, you will invariably have to deal with the Dutch Social Security system. Whether you are using your home country’s Social Security scheme or have opted to use Dutch Social Security, your Social Security status can affect your opportunities for employment.

Umbrella Company offers advice on dealing with Dutch Social Security and provides services that can help contractors better utilize the legal framework presence in the Netherlands. Our experts are always ready to answer your questions concerning Dutch Social Security and advise you on the proper course of action.

Dutch social security explained

The Dutch social security system is one of the most comprehensive social security systems in the world and provides many associated benefits. However, the Dutch social security system is also strictly regulated. Consequently, your social security status as an expatriate contractor in the Netherlands can change depending on nationality and employment history.

Overall, the Dutch social security system consists of three tiers: national insurance, employee insurance and social assistance. The first tier, national insurance, covers pension and child benefits. Employee insurance pertains to employee benefits that cover unemployment, long-term disability and other health-related issues, while social assistance offers additional benefits in specific situations.

In order to be eligible for these benefits, you must register for Dutch social security. Documents such as a Dutch residence permit, a current social security certificate from your native country and documentation regarding your work situation will be required as proof.