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Netherlands: New Minimum Wage

(July 14, 2016) The gross minimum wage for full-time workers age 23 and older in the Netherlands increased to €1,537.20 (about US$1,698) per month on July 1, 2016. (Statutory Minimum Wage as of 1 July 2016 (May 26, 2016), Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment website.) The previous minimum gross monthly wage for that category of workers was €1,507.80 (about US$1,670.25).  (Netherlands Minimum Monthly Wage: 1999-2016, TRADING ECONOMICS (last visited July 14, 2016); Wet minimumloon en minimumvakantiebijslag [Law on Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance] (Nov. 27, 1968, as last amended July 1, 2016), art. 8.)

For workers under the age of 23, the new gross minimum wages per month, week, and day, respectively, are as follows.

22        € 1,306.60       € 301.55          € 60.31

21        € 1,114.45         € 257.20          € 51.44

20       €  945.40          € 218.15          € 43.63

19        € 807.05          € 186,25          € 37.25

18        € 699.45          € 161.40          € 32.28

17        € 607.20          € 140.15          € 28.03

16        € 530.35          € 122.40          € 24.48

15        € 461.15           € 106.45          € 21.29

(Amount of the Minimum Wage, Government of the Netherlands website (last visited July 12, 2016).)

The amount of the minimum wage is adjusted twice a year, on January 1 and July 1, based on changes in the country’s average collectively agreed upon wages. (Id.; Wet minimumloon en minimumvakantiebijslag, art. 14.) The law does not prescribe how many hours constitute a full work week, but the usual full work week is “36, 38 or 40 hours.” (Amount of the Minimum Wage, supra.)