Taking holiday hours

As an employee, you are entitled to holiday days in the Netherlands. The number of holiday hours you can take depends on the number of hours you work. Consult with your employer on when to take your holiday hours. 

Last updated on 11 October 2021

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Holiday accrual

As an employee you are entitled to annual leave. This leave corresponds to a minimum of 4 times the number of hours you work per week. For example, if you work 40 hours a week, you will then be entitled to 160 holiday hours per year. These are statutory holiday hours. If your employer has agreed to more holiday hours for you and your colleagues, these are extra-statutory holiday hours. 

If you have a zero-hour contract, you are also entitled to holiday hours. Ask your employer how they calculate your holiday hours. 

Build-up of holiday hours in case of illness or time spent on benefits 

As an employee you only accrue holiday hours not only when you work, but also when you are ill or on maternity leave, long-term care leave or additional partner leave. 

Taking holiday hours

If you want to take your holiday hours, you should consult your employer. Your employer may only object to your leave if the business organisation will face major issues as a result of your holiday. 

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Burgerlijk Wetboek Boek 7, afdeling 3

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