Working in the Netherlands

Compared to most countries, the workload in the Netherlands is not very high. We think your time is rightly yours. Which means that, especially in IT, there’s little overtime. And if you do overtime it’s never paid. If your employer often asks you to do overtime, you can object. In the Netherlands we like to be direct and rarely beat around the bush. Working hours are 8 hours a day plus 30 minutes of unpaid break. Most employers want you to work in the office, but they usually allow you to work from home one day a week. In most companies in the Netherlands there’s not a lot of hierarchy, so we generally address everyone by their first name.