Unemployment benefit from the Netherlands
Applying for a Dutch unemployment benefit
You can claim a Dutch unemployment benefit at your local UWV WERKbedrijf, and register with them as a jobseeker. You must claim the benefit within a week of becoming unemployed. You will need a C4 form from your former employer as proof of unemployment. You will also need a U1 form, which you can obtain from the National Employment Office (RVA) in your employer's area. If you do not yet have the C4 or U1 forms when you claim unemployment benefit, you can submit your claim and give the forms to UWV WERKbedrijf later.
Dutch unemployment benefit rates (WW benefit)
The amount of your Dutch unemployment benefit depends on the daily wage you earned. The benefit will be a percentage of the daily wage up to a maximum of € 197.00 (bedrag vanaf 1 Januari 2014).
- For the first 2 months, you will get 75% of the daily wage
- After 2 months, you will get 70% of the daily wage
- In May, you will receive holiday allowance on top of your benefit
Duration of Dutch unemployment benefit
The duration of your benefit depends on the number of years you have worked. For each year of work after 1998, you get 1 month of benefit. The years between your 18th birthday and 1998 are also treated as years of work. The maximum duration of the benefit is 3 years and 2 months.