Employees and civil servants in the Netherlands who become unemployed are insured by the Unemployment Insurance Act (WW). In theory, if eligible, you will receive 75% of the wage most recently earned (a maximum of € 177,03 per day) in the first two months, thereafter 70%.
To be eligible for the unemployment benefit, you must satisfy the following criteria:
For occupational groups such as artists, musicians and film employees, a lower requirement of weeks applies: 16 from 39 weeks.
The length of your entitlement to this benefit depends on your employment history. Below is a table that gives you a rough indication of the length of your salary-related benefit. The benefit will be payable for as many months as the number of years in employment (with a maximum of 38 months)
|Employment history||Duration of salary-related benefit|
|4 years||6 months|
|5-9 years||9 months|
|10-14 years||1 year|
|15-19 years||1.5 years|
|20-24 years||2 years|
|25-19 years||2.5 years|
|30-34 years||3 years|
The employee that becomes unemployed after resigning from his job cannot benefit from the allowance.
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