IMPORTANT NOTICE: currently all jobs available are for the Netherlands, so it is imperative for you to be a citizen of the European Union, or to be in possession of a residence and work permit that allows you to work in the Netherlands.
About the jobs and the process
In each job offer you will find a more detailed description of the tasks and duties to be performed, but most people find work through us in large production or logistics companies, such as production lines, packaging, warehouse organisation, shipment handling, etc.
We also often have offers for the flower industry in the Netherlands, with very diverse jobs that include the whole process of growing and marketing plants and flowers.
Occasionally, you will also find jobs in other sectors, such as supermarkets or the meat industry.
Unless otherwise stated in the job offer, all you need is the motivation to perform a good job, and to be able to speak English well enough to be able to do the job.
Some of the jobs will involve more physical effort, for example moving heavier or bulky boxes. Others, on the other hand, will only require dexterity and care to, for example, re-pot flowering plants. In each offer, the effort that may be involved in the activity to be carried out is indicated in broad outline.
Of course you do NOT have to pay anything to get the job. The whole selection process is transparent and legal. Once you are hired, you will have to get to your job by your own means; you will have to arrange your own travel from Spain to the country where you are going to work, either in your own vehicle or in the means of transport of your choice.
To make things easier for you, many of the companies we work with can offer you accommodation and commuting, as an optional service that will be deducted from your salary. Also Health Insurance, which is compulsory in countries like the Netherlands, and which you can get with better conditions by contracting through the company. In the section ‘Once hired’ you have more details. These services are optional, you can use them for your convenience, or manage them on your own. In any case, if you use them, you will not have to pay them out of your pocket, but they will be deducted from your salary when you get paid.
Send us your CV and a covering letter, preferably in English, and we will contact you to arrange a job interview. If your profile matches the offer, and you have the appropriate level of English (you can provide a certificate of your level or, if you don’t have it, we will test it for you), we will put you in direct contact with the employer company to manage all the necessary documentation for the hiring, and to agree the start date of your job.
Once you have successfully passed the selection process, you will be hired by the employer company. Generally, these will be non-Spanish European companies, so logically you must have Spanish nationality or nationality from another European Union country, or a residence and work permit VALID in the NETHERLANDS. You will need:
- your DNI or passport,
- and a document that shows your bank account in order to receive the payments (bank book or certificate downloaded from the bank’s website, for example).
For employers in the Netherlands, there is a bit more bureaucracy. The Dutch authorities require:
- A BSN (similar to the Spanish Social Security number). If you have never worked in the Netherlands before, you will need to apply for one. The employer will arrange this for you, and it is free of charge.
- A Dutch criminal record certificate. Dutch law requires this to be submitted in order to work, and the employer will help you obtain it. It costs €41.35, but the employer will arrange it for you and pay for it when you apply. If you stay in work for more than 13 weeks, you will never have to pay for it. If, on the other hand, you leave the company before the first 13 weeks have elapsed, the company will deduct it from your severance pay.
About two days before your trip to the Netherlands, you will receive the contract for digital signature.
NO, the companies we work with are looking for committed workers who want to take advantage of the opportunity and grow professionally.
However, if due to your personal circumstances you are only interested in working for a few months, it is possible in some of the offers. But normally we will expect you to intend to stay for at least 6-12 months (in fact, the employer companies ask for 12 months, but we understand that after 6 months your perspective of the opportunity may change). Many of the people we recruit are considering 8 months in the Netherlands per year to complement seasonal summer jobs in Spain; or a year in the Netherlands to improve their English and save money while they pursue other projects, such as preparing for competitive exams.
The companies that will hire you suffer from a high turnover of staff, and they are looking for people who are committed to them and who would like to be part of their project. If your skills and level of English match and develop in line with their expectations, new opportunities will open up for you.
You will find that most of the offers are for low-skilled jobs. Obviously, this is where our companies have the most vacancies, but it is also because for intermediate positions they prefer to promote internally people they already know and who have been trained with them; people who start at the base of the company and grow with them.
Under no circumstances should you worry about job precariousness: the employment contract with the employer company is established in accordance with the legislation in force in the European country of destination, with all the guarantees of Health and Safety at Work, Occupational Risk Prevention, and working conditions in accordance with the most advanced societies in Europe, such as the Netherlands.
In each offer you will see highlighted the gross basic salary, stated on an hourly basis. To this amount, in general, you will have to add 8.33% reflected as ‘Holiday Allowance’ (the equivalent of the Spanish extra pay, which is collected pro rata in each payment); and, on the other hand, you will have to subtract the tax deductions that apply to you.
These deductions vary depending on many factors, as they do in Spain, so we cannot tell you exactly how much net salary you will finally receive. In any case, and as a guide, in this list of equivalences you will find approximate information on the basic salaries, including the ‘Holiday Allowance’, which would be:
- 10.00 € gross per hour translates into approximately 374.00 € net per week (to be received)
- 10.50 € gross per hour translates into approximately 392.00 € net per week (to be received)
- 11.00 € gross per hour translates into approximately 404.00 € net per week (to be received)
- 11.50 € gross per hour translates into approximately 415.00 € net per week (to be received)
These amounts would roughly reflect the basic salary to be received on a weekly basis.
From here, you will see that in many of the offers there are different extras, generally corresponding to the increase in salary for working night or weekend shifts, or in the event that you would like to work overtime and are able to do so. All of this, obviously, would be added to your gross salary and, correspondingly, to your net salary.
You will receive your first payment after the first month of work, which is the time it takes for all the legal formalities to be completed to enable payment, such as obtaining your BSN (social security number). From this first payment onwards, you will receive your pay on a weekly basis.
Working hours vary considerably for each of the companies and positions, so you will need to look at each of the vacancies. In addition, within each position there are likely to be multiple shifts, as most of the companies we work with operate on a continuous basis. In these cases, it is assumed that you will be available to work any of the existing shifts, and that these will be assigned dynamically over time. In any case, European legislation will always be respected, and you will see that generally working in the evening or early morning hours, and working at weekends, means a considerable increase in the salary to be received.
As with shifts, each company and position has its own peculiarities, so the days off will depend on your work shifts. With regard to holidays, you will of course be entitled to your legal holiday leave, which, as in Spain, is equivalent to one month a year, which you will accrue at the rate of two working days for each month worked. The processes for requesting and granting your holidays will depend on the employer.
Contribution periods in one EU Member State are not automatically ‘carried over’ to count as contributions in another country. However, the time you have paid contributions in the Netherlands will count towards your entitlement to a Dutch social security benefit (e.g. retirement benefit) or will be taken into account in determining your entitlement (by aggregation of periods) in Spain after you have provided proof of your contributions in the Netherlands. This is something you will have to deal with the social security authorities yourself on your return, if you decide to come back.
Social Security in the Netherlands works differently from the Spanish system; all residents and workers in the Netherlands are required to take out and pay for health insurance. It can be very basic, in which case it involves co-payment for services, or it can include comprehensive care.
When you start working with one of our companies, you must take out insurance. You can do this on your own, or you can take out the insurance offered by the company. In the latter case, you will probably enjoy better conditions and price, as it is a complete insurance with no co-payments negotiated for a large volume of workers. In this case, the cost is €27.71 per week, which will be deducted from your salary when you get paid.
Once Hired – Services and Benefits
Once the recruitment process is closed, and the start date of your employment has been agreed, you will have to get to your destination by your own means, in the way you choose.
Finding accommodation in the Netherlands is not easy. In fact, it is one of the main problems that our partner companies encounter when looking for employees. For this reason, and to make it easier for you to get a job, our employers have a wide network of housing and accommodation that offers you the possibility of arriving with everything sorted out. It is not a condition for the job: if you have or can find a place to stay, this is a service that you do not need to hire.
If you do not have accommodation there, the employer can provide you with accommodation for as long as you need it, under the following conditions:
- Accommodation in a shared room for 2 people, with shared common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, living room).
- Electricity, water and WiFi are included.
- Depending on the location, there are different types of accommodation (flats, rural houses, aparthotels…).
- In case of hiring these accommodations, you will have to bring or buy your own household linen (sheets and blankets, towels) and your basic kitchenware (plates, cutlery, utensils).
- The cost may vary depending on the destination, but in any case a maximum price of 109,00€ per week is agreed.
- The accommodation will not always be close to the place of work, so it is also possible to take advantage of transfers (see next topic).
If you make use of the accommodation provided by your employer, you can also benefit from transport benefits. Depending on the workplace location and the accommodation, there are different options:
- If there is less than 10 km between the workplace and the accommodation, the employer can provide you with a bicycle. This is free of charge, but you will have to deposit €75.00 as a guarantee.
- If it is more than 10 km, the employer organises car-sharing. The cost is € 3.75 per day.
- If you have a driving licence and meet the requirements, you can opt to be a driver on these carpools with company vehicles, in which case your salary would be increased by €2.25 per day instead of costing you.
If you do not use the accommodation, and live on your own, you will not be offered transport, but many of the vacancies may allow you to claim reimbursement of part of your travel costs. The amount will depend on a number of factors and should be discussed directly with the employer.
More Info – Dutch legislation
You can find more information on the official Dutch Government website