Reminder: new minimum hourly wage’ rates in Germany and in the Netherlands starting 1st of July 2021

As already known, German and Dutch authorities are periodically announcing changes in the minimum wage. Each new year on 1st of January and on 1st of July International transport companies should double check the latest applicable rates in Germany and in the Netherlands and start to apply new ones while counting their drivers monthly salaries.

Shortly about the new applicable rates starting 1st of July 2021:


Further to the Minimum Wage commission’s plan to regularly increase the minimum wage in Germany until July 2022, the next increase will take place from 1st July 2021 and will set the new minimum wage to 9.60 € per hour:

As of 1 January 2021: EUR 9.50
As of 1 July 2021: EUR 9.60
As of 1 January 2022: EUR 9.82
As of 1 July 2022: EUR 10.45

Transport companies will need to ensure that the hourly wage paid to their drivers for the work hours spent in Germany from 01/07/2021 will reach the amount of 9.60 EUR

The Netherlands

According to the Netherlands nationals law, the Minimum wage is lower if your driver is younger than 21 years and every 6 months the minimum wage amount is adjusted. This happens each year on 1st of January and 1st of July, so starting 1st of July 2021, the new applicable minimum wage rates for a full working week.will be :

AgePer monthPer weekPer day
21 year and older€ 1.701,00€ 392,55€ 78,51
20 year€ 1.360,00€ 314,05€ 62,81
19 year€ 1.020,60€ 235,55€ 47,11
18 year€    850,50€ 196,30€ 39,26

The law does not have a statutory minimum hourly wage. It may differ, depending on the number of hours that are counted as normal working hours. In most collective labor agreements, the working time for full-time employment is set at 36, 38 or 40 hours per week.

The concrete hourly rate should be counted by evaluating if the drivers full work week was 36 hours, 38 hours or 40 hours.

However, if the driver’s full working week is 40 hours then the hourly minimum wage rate should be not less than 9.72 EUR.

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