New 2018 income requirements for highly skilled migrants

8 March 2018 – Are you employing highly skilled migrants? If so, you must take account of the new salary criteria when signing agreements with your employees for 2018. The wage criteria are updated each year (on 1 January).

New wage criteria effective from 1 January 2018

Below, you will find the new gross monthly salaries as published by the Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, CBS). These standard amounts exclude 8% holiday pay and apply from 1 January 2018.

  • Highly skilled migrant aged 30 or over: €4,404 (2017: €4,324)
  • Highly skilled migrant under 30 years of age: €3,229 (2017: €3,170)
  • Foreign national who has graduated in the Netherlands: €2,314 (2017: €2,272)

Wages in kind

Wages in kind are not included in the assessment of this salary requirement. This provision concerns paid housing or a company car, for example. Thirteenth-month pay and fixed year-end bonuses are also excluded, unless they are actually paid to the highly skilled migrant on a monthly basis.

Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act

The salary requirement for highly skilled migrants derives from the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act (Wet arbeid vreemdelingen, Wav). These standard amounts are indexed on an annual basis. The amounts are the minimum gross salary that must be paid for a highly skilled migrant in order to work within the Netherlands.

Want to know more?

If you want to find out more about the obligations with which you have to comply, you can contact Alexander Rasink by email or by phone on +31 (0)88 277 1615. He will be happy to assist.