The Dutch labour market is becoming more and more international. The number of international employees within Dutch organisations and businesses grows. For people from outside the European Union it is possible to come to the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant. But what is a highly skilled migrant? A highly skilled migrant is a highly educated foreigner with the nationality of a country from outside the EU and Switzerland who wants to enter the Netherlands in order to contribute to our knowledge-based economy.
What are the conditions for hiring a highly skilled migrant?
If an employer wants to bring a highly skilled migrant to the Netherlands, the employer will need to be a recognised referent. In order to become a recognized referent, the employer will need to submit a request to the Immigration- and Naturalisation Service (IND).
Thereafter the IND will decide whether or not the employer will be qualified as a recognised referent. The recognition as a referent means that the business is considered a reliable partner by the IND. Recognition has different advantages:
Annually these minimum wages are modified with an effective date of 1 January by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment based on the most recent index figures of the pay under the collective labour agreement, published by the Central Statistical Agency. The legal base of this annual modification is article 1d paragraph 4 of the Aliens Employment Act Implementation Decree.
As of 1 January 2018, there are new minimum wage conditions employers must fulfil in order to be able to use the Highly Skilled Migrants Scheme. Based on the information of the Central Statistical Agency, the amounts are increased by 1.85% in comparison with the year 2017.
These are the wage criteria per month as of 1 January 2018 (exclusive holiday pay):
|Type of highly skilled migrant||Monthly gross wage excl. holiday pay:|
|30 years and older||€ 4.404|
|Younger than 30 years||€ 3.229|
|Subsequent to the orientation year of highly educated foreigners, or without a permit orientation year highly educated foreigners directly within 3 years after graduation or conducting scientific research||€ 2.314|
|Holders of EU Blue Card||€ 5.160|