Unemployment in the Netherlands
I receive unemployment benefits from my own country. How do I maintain this once I move to the Netherlands?
I receive unemployment benefits in the Netherlands. How do I maintain this once I move abroad?
I am currently unemployed. Am I entitled to an unemployment benefits?
What are the requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits?
What is the procedure for claiming unemployment benefits?
What is the transitievergoeding (transition compensation)? And do I qualify for it?
As of 1 July 2015, the transitievergoeding (transition compensation) was introduced. This compensation replaces the severance payment in cases of termination of employment contract by the employer either via a court or the Government’s Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV). You are entitled to this allowance if you were employed more than 24 months. The transition compensation that you will receive depends on your salary and the duration of your contract. It is calculated as follows:
- For every year of service under 10 years, the employee receives one third of the monthly salary
- For every year of service exceeding 10 years, half of the monthly salary is granted
- Employees older than 50 are entitled to one monthly salary for every year of service that exceeds 10 years
The transitievergoeding does not apply to employees that:
- are younger than 18 years old
- have resigned from their position
- have agreed a dismissal with mutual agreement
- have reached the retirement age
- have been dismissed due to a serious culpable act such as theft or fraud
Please also take into account what similar agreements are mentioned in your collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst – COA (collective labour agreement). There are exceptions for companies with less than 25 employees. Find further information at (in Dutch only): www.werk.nl/werk_nl/werknemer/ontslag/transitievergoeding.