International secondment

If you are going to work outside the Netherlands

If you are going to work outside the Netherlands permanently, you will cease to be covered under the Dutch social insurance schemes for e.g. old age pension, child benefit and incapacity for work. Instead, you will be insured in the country where you work.

If you are posted to work outside the Netherlands temporarily by your employer, you will normally stay insured in the Netherlands. (We refer to this as secondment.) This will be the case if:

  • the country where you will be working is in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), or has a social security agreement with the Netherlands
  • you are employed by a Dutch employer
  • your employer continues to pay your wages
  • your employer deducts social insurance contributions from your wages and pays these to the Dutch Tax Administration (Belastingdienst)
  • you have the nationality of a country of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) or of a country with which the Netherlands has a social security agreement
  • you were covered by compulsory insurance in the Netherlands for at least 1 month immediately prior to secondment 

The A1/certificate of coverage as proof of secondment

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.

Working in Belgium or Sweden temporarily

If you are going to work in Belgium temporarily, your employer must report this to the Belgian authorities before the employment starts, using the mandatory Limosa declaration. Your employer can do this via the Limosa website.

Since 1 July 2013, Sweden has had a similar notification system. (This only applies for postings of 5 days or longer).

Maximum period of secondment

If you will be working in a country of the EU (European Union) or EEA (European Economic Area), the maximum period of secondment will normally be 24 months.

The secondment can only be extended up to a maximum of 5 years with permission from the competent institution in the country where you will be working.
If you start working in another country, you should bear in mind that maximum secondment periods vary between countries.

Leaflet

You will find more information about working outside the Netherlands temporarily in our leaflet entitled 'Working outside the Netherlands temporarily'.