International secondment

You work in two or more EU countries

You work in two or more EU countries for one employer

If you will be working in two or more countries of the European Union (EU), you must inform the competent social insurance institution in the country where you live.
If you live in the Netherlands, you must report this to the Insurance Office (Kantoor Verzekeringen) of the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB).

If you work for at least 25% of your working hours in your country of residence, you will be covered by the social security legislation of that country.

If you work for less than 25% of your working hours in your country of residence, or if you do not work there at all, you will be insured in the country where your employer is based.

You work in two or more EU countries for two or more employers

If you work for at least 25% of your working hours in the country where you live, you will be covered by the social insurance system of that country.

If you work for less than 25% in your country of residence for employers based in different countries, determining the applicable legislation is less straightforward.

  • If you work for two employers, one of which is based in the country where you live, you will be insured in the other country. If the two employers are based in different countries, other than your country of residence, you will be insured in your country of residence.

  • If you work for more than two employers based in at least two different countries other than the country where you live, you will be insured under the social insurance system of your country of residence. You do not have to work for at least 25% of your working hours in your country of residence.

Working outside the Netherlands permanently

If you start working outside the Netherlands permanently, you will cease to be insured in the Netherlands for e.g. AOW old age pension, child benefit, unemployment and incapacity for work. Instead, you will be insured in the country where you work.

Proving your insurance status with an A1/certificate of coverage

In many countries, a labour inspectorate will check whether you are covered under social insurance legislation. You can prove that you are covered by showing an A1/certificate of coverage. In some countries, you will not be allowed to start working without an A1/certificate of coverage.

  • Work in two countries (pdf, 530 kB)