Netherlands Recruiting & HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
One of the most important parts of expanding to the Netherlands is the process of recruiting and hiring a global workforce that can move your company forward. Whether you hire Netherlands employees yourself or choose an outsourcing service, you must stay compliant by following the country’s employment compliance laws.
Globalization Partners offers a better way to expand to the Netherlands. We’ll hire employees to work for you and take care of everything from onboarding to employment laws, so you can stay focused on building your new subsidiary.
Recruiting in the Netherlands
When you meet with a potential candidate for the first time, you’ll want to demonstrate that you understand the work culture and social norms in the Netherlands. If you fail to follow the right cultural guidelines, you could offend future employees or fail to impress top talent. Here are five rules you should follow while recruiting in the Netherlands.
1. Remember the Country’s Egalitarian Society
The overall Dutch society in this country is very egalitarian and open — characteristics that extend to the business culture. This horizontal structure means everyone from the managing director to the lowest employee is considered a co-worker. As a boss, you will be part of a group instead of someone displaying their power. Make sure you talk to potential candidates as if they were peers instead of talking down to them.
2. Expect Time-Consuming Decisions
Most business decisions in the country are based on consensus. All workers are welcome to make a decision, which means reaching a final verdict can be time-consuming. This characteristic could also extend to hiring, as employees may take a while to examine all aspects of a potential job before deciding whether to accept.
3. Hold Informal Meetings
The Dutch are fond of meetings, but foreigners often see them as ineffective. This perception comes from the fact that meetings in the country are informal and typically held at fixed times with protocols and agendas. Generally, meetings are meant to discuss certain options, reach a consensus, and make a decision. All attendees are expected to contribute at these meetings, which means your candidates may ask many questions or feel like they want to contribute to the recruiting process.
4. Always Keep Appointments
The Dutch business culture is very structured, and missing an appointment or running late will make you seem unreliable. Always be on time for interviews and other meetings with candidates. Also, keep in mind that the roads in the Netherlands are often busy, so you should build some flexibility into your schedule in case there’s traffic.
5. Use the Correct Business Greetings
When you greet someone in the Netherlands, you should shake hands and say your first and last name. Dutch people usually keep very direct eye contact, as looking someone in the eyes is considered a sign of being trustworthy. If you know the person well, you can also kiss them three times on the cheeks — right, left, and right.
The Recruitment Process in the Netherlands
Staffing and recruiting in the Netherlands requires a comprehensive understanding of the country’s laws to stay compliant. The Dutch labor and recruitment market is complex because there aren’t enough agencies and job boards for individuals seeking employment. Where to advertise your open positions should be based on the kind of workers you’re looking for, such as:
- White-collar jobs: Indeed and LinkedIn
- Blue-collar jobs: Indeed and Nationale Vacaturebank
- Temporary jobs: Randstad
For all jobs, you can use Google and Facebook to search for candidates or places to advertise. WhatsApp is also a convenient way to communicate with your potential candidates.
Remember that the average Dutch individual can communicate in English at a decent level, especially white-collar workers. However, they typically prefer Dutch, so you should ensure the job description and employment contracts are in Dutch.
Background Check Information
Before you hire someone, you may want to do a background check. However, in the Netherlands, you can request only information that is relevant to the position the individual has applied for. This procedure is the same for contacting personal references and searching for information online. Additionally, you cannot ask for health information.
When you’re staffing your Netherlands business, some positions may require a confidential security clearance. If that’s part of the recruitment process, the Dutch Intelligence Agency (AIVD) will issue a declaration of no objection if the person is cleared.
How to Hire Employees in the Netherlands
Hiring employees in the Netherlands often starts with an employment contract, which can be written or oral. A signed and written employment contract is best since it protects you as an employer and gives the employee clear expectations before they start the position. Spell out details such as the employee’s compensation, benefits, and contract duration to create a strong start in hiring Netherlands employees.
Netherlands Employment Compliance
At the beginning of the hiring process, it’s best to identify any collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) for your company or specific industry. For example, Globalization Partners’ subsidiary in the Netherlands is WAADI-registered to signify it is a temporary agency and covered by a CBA. If a CBA is present, your Netherlands employment compliance strategy needs to meet or exceed the CBA’s guidelines. You must reference both the statutory minimums and CBA benefits in an employment contract to stay covered.
Keep in mind any other requirements such as the Working Hours Act. This act mandates a 12-hour maximum shift a day and 60 hours maximum per week. Although the regular working hours in the Netherlands are 40 hours, this number can increase to 48 if that is considered the employee’s regular working hours.
How to Onboard Employees
Every company is different when it comes to onboarding employees. Although there’s no one right or wrong way, your business can take a few small steps to make employees feel comfortable on their first day, including:
- Going over the employment contract before or on the employee’s first day
- Discussing any other relevant documentation or HR forms
- Onboarding other employees at the same time so new hires are not alone
- Bringing key company players to the Netherlands for the employees’ first day or week
Benefits of Netherlands Hiring Outsourcing
Choosing Netherlands hiring outsourcing with a global PEO boasts multiple benefits. At Globalization Partners, we’ll use our established subsidiary in the Netherlands to streamline your hiring and onboarding process. Instead of waiting until you set up a subsidiary, we can hire Netherlands employees for you in a matter of days.
As the Employer of Record, all matters of compliance will fall on our shoulders instead of yours. Our employment contracts meet the right CBA for temporary agency workers, and we’ll add your employees to our locally compliant payroll.
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