More than two out of ten employees in the Netherlands say they are unhappy with their job’s salary, reports the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) based on data collected in the fourth quarter of 2015. However, the percentages strongly vary between sectors. Almost four out of ten persons employed by government institutions said they were dissatisfied with their income.
The Netherlands is implementing a total of 50 changes to Dutch law as of January 1st, 2017. These changes affect everything from the minimum wage and what is covered in the basic health insurance package to the amount in mortgage you can borrow when buying a house.
The Dutch government published their annual roundup of law changes in the week before Christmas, broken down into nine categories. Find the summary below.
The arrival of asylum seekers and immigration in general are still the greatest issues in the Netherlands by far, according to the Social and Cultural Planning Office's quarterly report. Opinions on the matter are very divided - a large group point to the negatives of asylum seekers in the country, and another large group is alarmed by the other's attitude
After a decision by the national government to reduce subsidies to households with at least one undocumented resident, the city of Amsterdam says it will help bridge the gap for struggling families. The city says that as of July 1 the Netherlands no longer counts undocumented people as dependents, meaning their expenses do not count in the official calculation of a household's expenses.
There is a growing number of individuals with higher levels of income in Amsterdam, according to recent figures from the Amsterdam office for Research, Information and Statistics (O+S). At the same time, the share of middle-income population is declining.
Pharmaceutical firms paid out over 38 million euros to caregivers in 2014, for services like providing counsel, sitting on advisory boards, conducting research, presenting lectures and writing academic articles, according to the Transparency Register. The amount is 15 percent higher than in 2013, with doctors and dentists receiving an average of about 2,600 euros last year, they published in a report on Tuesday.
Here follows a list of all the changes in law for this year, broken down into their relevant categories, according to statements released by the Dutch government, and compiled by the NL Times. As 2015 was ushered in across the Netherlands, 63 new laws and rules changes also came into effect. Amongst these are a minimum wage increase, changes to rules regarding temporary and permanent work contracts, a hike in cigarette taxes, a drop in the maximum allowable mortgage, a bumped up retirement age, and a rise in train costs.
In the last few weeks, landlords have broken the privacy rules of their tenants by asking and receiving their clients' income details from the Tax Administration Authority. This, according to renters' organization Woonbond, the Volkskrant reports.