International secondment

If you work for 1 or more independent employers in different countries

If you will be working in two or more countries of the European Union, you must inform the competent social insurance institution in the country where you live.

  • If you live in the Netherlands, contact the Amstelveen office of the SVB.
  • If you live outside the Netherlands, contact the competent social insurance institution in your country of residence.

In which country are you covered for social security?

To be covered in your country of residence, you must:

  • work for at least 25% of your working hours in your country of residence, and/or
  • provide at least 25% of your services in your country of residence, and/or
  • earn at least 25% of your income from work performed in your country of residence.

If you work for less than 25% of your working hours in the country where you live, you will be insured in the country where you have your "centre of interests".

In determining the location of your centre of interests, the following aspects may be taken into consideration:

  • your fixed/permanent place of work
  • the habitual nature or duration of the activities performed
  • the number of services provided

An organization or tax authority outside the Netherlands may ask you to show a certificate of coverage. For example, because they consider you to be self-employed, even if you are not actually carrying out activities in that country. In that case, you can apply to us for a certificate of coverage so that you can be exempted from paying contributions in that country.