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(Bank) Holidays / Days off

AMSTERDAM – APRIL 27: Amsterdam canals full of boats and people in orange during the celebration of Kings Day

While working on an agency contract, if you take a day off or go on holiday you must fill out 0 (zero) hours on your timesheet. Also, if you have a day off due to a Public Holiday you must fill out 0 (zero) hours. The hours will be paid out from the reservations, as explained during the contract signing and shown on your pay-slip. Recognized Dutch Public Holidays are: New Year’s Day, Easter Monday, King’s Day, Ascension Day, Pentecost Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. International companies with their HQ in the Netherlands might decide not to close on some of the Dutch Public Holidays as they support international clients. Should you be asked to work, you will receive compensation according to the hirer’s regulations

Please note that if a Public Holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there is no compensation for it on the following Monday.

For Public Holidays and other special days in The Netherlands,  see below a list for 2017 and 2018:

2017 Sunday, January 1 New year’s Day Friday, April 14 Good Friday (not an official public holiday) Sunday, April 16 Easter Day Monday, April 17 Easter Monday Saturday, April 27 King’s Day Thursday, May 25 Ascension Day Sunday, June 4 Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday) Monday, June 5 Pentecost Monday (Whitmonday) Tuesday, December 5 Sinterklaas (not an official public holiday) Monday, December 25 Christmas Day Tuesday. December 26 Second day of Christmas (2e Kerstdag) Sunday, December 31 New Years Eve (not an official public holiday)     2018 – Official National Holidays Monday. January 1 New Years Day Sunday, April 1 Easter Day Monday, April 2 Easter Monday Friday, April 27 King’s Day Thursday , May 10 Ascension Day Sunday, May 20 White Sunday Monday, May 21 White Monday Tuesday, December 25 Christmas Day Wednesday, December 26 Second day of Christmas (2e Kerstdag)                



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Before starting as a temporary employee at Abroad Experience, you will receive an employment contract and a corresponding assignment sheet which outlines all the relevant information regarding starting date, salary, work location, travel allowance, etc.

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Residence permit

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, you do not need a residence permit to stay in the Netherlands if your stay is based on the EC Treaty. Your passport (or ID document) from the country of which you hold the nationality is evidence enough that you are permitted to stay in the Netherlands. You are not required to register with the IND.

Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland fall under the laws and regulations of the EU, EEA and the treaty between the EU and Switzerland. These regulations are different from Dutch national law.

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Work permit

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you do not need a work permit to work legally in The Netherlands. Applicants who do not have the EU/EEA/Swiss nationality or are from Croatia will require a valid Dutch work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning, or TWV). 

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