Amount of the hourly minimum wage

The law does not lay down an hourly minimum wage because the number of hours in a working week can differ from one business to another. The law lays down a minimum monthly wage for everyone in full-time employment. The amounts stated below for the hourly minimum wage are therefore only indicative. 

Hourly minimum wage as of 1 January 2019

The amounts stated in the table below are gross amounts. The net amount you receive will depend on the taxes and social insurance contributions withheld from your wage.

Gross hourly minimum wage as of 1  January  2019
Fulltime workweek 22 and older 21 20 19 18 17 16 15
36 hours per week € 10,36 € 8,81 € 7,26 € 5,70 € 4,93 € 4,10 € 3,58 € 3,11
38 hours per week € 9,82 € 8,35 € 6,87 € 5,40 € 4,67 € 3,88 € 3,39 € 2,95
40 hours per week € 9,33 € 7,93 € 6,53 € 5,13 € 4,43 € 3,69 € 3,22 € 2,80

Hourly minimum wage as of 1 July 2018

Gross hourly minimum wage as of 1 July 2018
Fulltime workweek 22 and older 21 20 19 18 17 16 15
36 hours per week € 10,22 € 8,69 € 7,16 € 5,63 € 4,86 € 4,04 € 3,53 € 3,07
38 hours per week € 9,69 € 8,23 € 6,78 € 5,33 € 4,60 € 3,83 € 3,35 € 2,91
40 hours per week € 9,20 € 7,82 € 6,44 € 5,06 € 4,37 € 3,64 € 3,18 € 2,76

Hourly minimum wage as of 1 January 2018

Gross hourly minimum wage as of 1 January 2018
Fulltime workweek 22 and older 21 20 19 18 17 16 15
36 hours per week € 10,12 € 8,60 € 7,09 € 5,57 € 4,81 € 4,00 € 3,50 € 3,04
38 hours per week € 9,59 € 8,15 € 6,71 € 5,28 € 4,56 € 3,79 € 3,31 € 2,88
40 hours per week € 9,11 € 7,74 € 6,38 € 5,01 € 4,33 € 3,60 € 3,15 € 2,74

Amounts are indicative

The amounts of the hourly minimum wage are indicative. Your employer must base the payments on the full statutory minimum wage per day, week or month. Rounding the total may not lead to your receiving less than the statutory minimum wage. 

Calculation of the minimum hourly wage for part-time employees

If you work part time you can work out your minimum wage as follows.

  • Take the minimum wage per week. 
  • Divide it by the number of hours in a full working week.
  • Multiply the result by the number of hours you work per week.