Netherlands Employer of Record Services

Netherlands Business Culture

Employer of Record Services in the Netherlands

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Business Culture in the Netherlands

Anybody considering visiting or relocating to the Netherlands should familiarise themselves with the cultural norms. 

The culture of the Netherlands is progressive and open. The locals pride themselves on their humility, tolerance, independence, self-sufficiency, and enterprising spirit. They place a premium on learning, effort, ambition, and skill.

Here is a flavour of the rules and standards of conduct that newcomers to the Netherlands should be aware of:

Speak in clear, simple English. Although most Dutch individuals speak great English, English idioms don't translate well and may be confusing.​

Be direct. The Dutch tend to get straight down to business and are not afraid to give straight answers.

The Dutch value timeliness in business meetings highly and will expect you to do the same; if you are running late, please give advance notice.

Schedule meetings for eating times. In Dutch business, business lunches are not very common, and dinner is typically reserved for private social gatherings.

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We are Netherlands EOR experts

We have extensive experience helping businesses expand their workforce in the Netherlands. Take a look at our areas of expertise to find out more:

Find out how payroll works in the Netherlands and what you can expect when it comes to salaries, bonuses and rates of pay

Enhance your understanding of what your employee is entitled to when it comes to Statutory Leave in the Netherlands

Unsure what’s required when employing staff in the Netherlands? Find out about Netherlands Work Permits and Visas here

We deliver a fully-managed EOR Service in the Netherlands, including Payroll, HR and legal support. 


Learn more about how you can attract and retain staff in the Netherlands with both statutory and enhanced employee benefits

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an employer of record company. The EOR will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

We find that most of our clients are in the Tech, IT, Finance and Professional Services industries. However, we have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience to help all industries across the globe.

As a private company, we’re not beholden to shareholders or asset-shredding Private Equity targets. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients. At Agility EOR, our approach is that we never forget that our business is all about people. Our Employer of Record solutions are tailored to each requirement, not a one-size-fits-all tech platform. We do the right thing by our clients and by the laws of each country we operate in. And we believe in openness; if we don’t feel we can offer you the best solution for a specific territory, we’ll say so. 

We pride ourselves on our personable-approach so once you enter your new employees details into our dedicated platform, we’ll arrange a call with you to go through the details of the employment contract where together we can review and amend to your requirements. We liaise directly with your employee to build a rapport and obtain the necessary information to hire them compliantly, and set them up ready for their first payroll.

We never stop delivering! Even if you’re employee has been onboarded and is happily working for you and being paid each month, we’re here to partner with you whenever you or your employees need us. Even your ex-employees may need our assistance for tax documents, proof of employment requests etc… Our service never stops!