This was reported by sources in The Hague NOS and RTL News that the Dutch government is seeking to raise the minimum wage a year earlier than planned, with the first increase planned for 2023.
The Dutch minimum wage will rise by 7.5 percent
Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet ministers have previously agreed to a two-step increase in the minimum wage in the Netherlands, raising it by a total of 7.5 per cent over 2024 and 2025. However, after discussing a spring memorandum between the countries of the four ruling parties, there were reports that the plan would be slightly adjusted due to rising inflation in the Netherlands and growing labor shortages.
New information has shown that instead of introducing a 7.5 percent increase in two phases in 2024 and 2025, it will now be conducted in three phases starting in 2023. The new plan is expected to be approved by the Council of Ministers on Friday. .
It is unclear whether they will benefit from pensions in the Netherlands
The coalition agreement said the cabinet had no plans to increase state pensions along with the minimum wage, a decision that has met with serious criticism in parliament. Under the new plan, NOS reports that the first step will be to increase pensions in accordance with the minimum wage. It is unclear whether the same will be true for the second and third phases in 2024 and 2025.
Left parties in the House of Representatives (Tweed Chambers), GroenLinks and the Labor Party (PvdA) have asked the cabinet to substantially increase the country’s minimum wage, and it is unclear whether a 7.5 per cent increase will be enough.
The Dutch government will impose a limit of 30% on the decree
For the past few weeks, members of the government have been discussing the 2022 Spring Memorandum (voorjaarsnota) to be submitted Tweed Chambers in early June. While the prime minister declined to confirm what policies would be included in his cabinet’s budget plan, previous reports suggested higher taxes on wealth and business were likely.
It also seems that the government will amend the current 30% policy for immigrants. Rumors that the policy would be completely repealed have been circulating for weeks, however RTL News reports that tax breaks will apply only to immigrants earning a maximum of 216,000 euros.