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Netherlands - Types of employment contracts


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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 24 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 20.6 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 24 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 20.6 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 24 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 20.6 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3  new 
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 24 month(s)  new 
  • % of workforce under FTC: 20.6 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)  new 

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3  new 
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 24 month(s)  new 
  • % of workforce under FTC: 2 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

+ show references

Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 36 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 19.3 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

+ show references

Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 36 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 20.2 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

+ show references

Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 36 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 19.3 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, as part of anti crisis measures, a new Act, which came into force in July 2010, temporarily extended the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years The Act allowed for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group and for maximum duration of four years rather than three. The Act expired in January 2012. As a result, those specific rules for young workers are no longer applicable.

+ show references

Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3  new 
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 36 month(s)  new 
  • % of workforce under FTC: 18.4 %

Notes / Remarks
In the Netherlands, a new Act came into force on 9 July 2010 with regard to the extension of the possibility to conclude fixed-term contracts with young workers up to 27 years. The Act allows for concluding a total of four, rather than three successive fixed-term employment contracts with regard to this group. Consecutive employment contracts may be effective for four years, rather than three, before being automatically transformed into a contract for an indefinite period. The Act will expire automatically after two years.

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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3  new 
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 36 month(s)  new 
  • % of workforce under FTC: 18.5 %
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Maximum probationary (trial) period: 2 month(s)

Fixed term contract (FTC):
  • FTC regulated: Yes
  • Valid reasons for FTC use: no limitation
  • Maximum number of successive FTCs: 3
  • Maximum cumulative duration of successive FTCs: 36 month(s)
  • % of workforce under FTC: 18.2 %