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Old 27th November 2010, 09:58 AM
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Hi fellow expats.

Can anyone give me a definitive response.

I moved to Amsterdam to work in March 2009, I was interviewed by a dutch agency over the phone and was offered a contract in euro's. I accepted the job and moved over the following weekend.

In order to employ me under the 30% tax rule (Please explain this also) I have my contract with a UK Agency and I simply submit my timesheets to the dutch agency (paperwork exercise.). The UK agency pay my salary into my dutch bank account every week.

I pay NI in the UK, I pay tax in the Netherlands that I do know but my contract gives me NO Holiday, NO sickness, NO redundancy, NO Pension. The agency say that it is included in my hourly rate but it is not stipulated or broken down on my contract.

The UK Agency simply tell me that as im employed by a UK Company that I am governed by UK Law and that the contract is valid. I feel that as I live solely in the Netherlands, no uk address, I work and pay tax in the Netherlands that I should be treated exactly the same as a dutch tax payer. 4 weeks holiday, 8% holiday saving scheme, sickness, pension and national holidays. Can anyone help as quite frankly im exhausted and cannot afford to take unpaid holiday.

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Old 27th November 2010, 04:05 PM
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It sounds to me as if you were hired as an independent contractor for a UK company. If the company is in the UK and has no physical presence in Netherlands, then it is a UK company and would be governed by UK law. Where you, as an employee, choose to live has no bearing on the law that your company is governed by.

These are obviously questions that you should have asked BEFORE you signed the contract (if they are not in the contract).

My guess is that if you are not satisfied with these conditions you have two options:
1. Attempt to renegotiate.
2. Find another job.

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