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How long is the probation period in a Dutch employment contract?

If have been offered a contract. A probation period will be applicable. How long can this probation period be?
The (maximum) probation (or trial) period is regulated by Dutch employment law. The maximum probation period depends on the type of contract which is offered to you.

Permanent contract or temporary contract for a least 2 years

If you are offered a permanent contract or a temporary contract for at least 2 years, the maximum probation period is 2 months.

Temporary contract for less than 2 years or a contract without an enddate

If you are offered a temporary contract for less than 2 years or a contract without an enddate (for example a contract for a certain project), the maximum probation period is 1 month.

Central Labour Agreement (CAO in Dutch)

If a CAO is applicable different rules can apply with respect to the length of the probation period. Involved parties (delegates of employers and employees -> unions) can agree a different probation period in the CAO.
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Comments (6)
Comment by Nick on Wed, Mar 2nd, 2016 at 10:39 AM
Hi, Is there a minimum income for the probation period? Or does it have to be the same as the salary I wi€˜ll be getting after successful probation period?
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Thu, Mar 3rd, 2016 at 10:49 AM
In principle there is no difference between the salary offered during the probation period and after a successful probation period. The salary is agreed for the term of the contract.
Comment by Harry on Mon, Jul 25th, 2016 at 12:05 AM
Hi, when does probation period start? From the date of joining or from the date of signing and accepting the contract?
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Mon, Jul 25th, 2016 at 3:36 PM
The probation period starts on the first day of the employment contract. This start date is mentioned in the contract. If however you started working already before the start of the contract then the first actual work day is the start date of the probation period.
Comment by Harry on Tue, Jul 26th, 2016 at 4:51 PM
Hi, can an employee terminate the employment contract even before the probation period starts? If probation period clause exists, it doesn‘t make any difference between waiting until the first day of contract to terminate and terminate even before the contract starts. In later case, atleast employer gets time to look for other candidate and actually saving lot of time and money that future employer spends on the employee. Can an employee terminate the contract even before it starts, if probation clause exists? Is it legal?
Comment by Arjan Enneman on Tue, Aug 9th, 2016 at 3:48 PM
It is possible to terminate the contract even before the probation period started. In that case the employer can‘t charge you for the costs which have been made to recruit you either. This may be different of no probation period was agreed.
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