Benefits based on the Unemployment Act (WW) and the Non-Statutory Unemployment Regulations (BWNU)

If you become unemployed as a result of dismissal or termination of a temporary employment contract, you can claim statutory (WW) and non-statutory (BWNU) unemployment benefits. These regulations are implemented by the UWV (WW regulations) and RAET (BWNU regulations). Please find more details in our brochure on employment benefits and career transition.

Statutory unemployment benefits

Conditions of WW benefits
You are entitled to receive WW benefits if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are losing five or more of your working hours per week and are entitled to a salary for these hours. If you work an average of fewer than 10 hours a week, you are considered unemployed if you lose a minimum of half of these hours and the salary for these hours. Overtime or extra hours worked temporarily do not count.

  • You worked 26 of the 36 weeks in the period before your redundancy.

  • It was through no fault of your own that you were made redundant.


For how long can I receive the WW benefit?
The WW benefit is for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 38 months. The duration of the period in which you receive WW benefits depends on your working history.

Week requirement: basic benefit of three months
If you worked 26 of the 36 weeks before you were made unemployed, you meet the week requirement and will then receive basic benefits for three months. It does not matter how many hours per week you worked in these 26 weeks.

Year requirement: extended benefits

If you meet the week requirement and worked at least four calendar years in the last five calendar years before you were made redundant, and if you received a salary for at least 52 days in each of those four calendar years, you meet the year requirement and will receive extended benefits. Two periods are used to calculate your working history for the WW benefits: your actual working history and your notional working history.

The amount of benefit
In the first two months, you receive 75% of your daily wage, and 70% from the third month onwards. The daily wage is the average salary that you received per day in the year before you were made redundant. This is the salary on the basis of which you paid social security contributions. Payments such as bonuses are therefore often included, but travel expenses are not. This daily wage cannot be higher than the legal maximum daily wage as defined for the social security contributions. If you earned more than the legal daily wage, you may be entitled to supplementary non-statutory benefits (see below).

Applying for WW benefits
You can apply for the WW benefit quickly and easily via the internet. First, you need to register as a jobseeker with UWV. Then, you can gather and check your details before you apply for your benefit. If you do not have internet access, you can go to your nearest UWV branch. You can register and apply for WW via internet there. Please note: before you apply for the WW benefit, you must first register as a jobseeker via the internet with UWV. You can apply for the WW benefit from one month before you are made redundant until a maximum of one working day after you have been made redundant.

Relevant links
www.uwv.nl (only in Dutch)
www.werk.nl (only in Dutch) 

Non-statutory unemployment benefits

Supplementary BWNU benefit
If you are entitled to the WW benefit, and you earned more than the maximum daily wage as defined for the social security contributions, you are generally also entitled to a supplement to this benefit. This supplement is set out in the Non-Statutory Unemployment Regulation of Dutch Universities (BWNU). The duration of the supplementary benefit is equal to the duration of the WW benefit.

Consecutive BWNU benefit
In addition to the supplementary benefit to the WW, the BWNU has a consecutive benefit to the WW. Staff can apply for the consecutive benefit if, on the first day of unemployment, they are at least 45 years old and have been employed by a Dutch university for more than seven years.

How much is the BWNU benefit?
Supplementary benefit: The unemployment benefit will be supplemented by the amount that you would have received if the benefit had been determined based on the non-maximised daily wage. The consecutive benefits are 70% of your daily wage up to a maximum of scale 12, step 10.

Salary supplementation
As well as a supplement to the WW benefit, the BWNU also gives you the opportunity to apply for a salary supplementation allowance if the salary in your new job is lower than that in your job prior to being made redundant.

Applying for the BWNU benefit
You should apply for the benefit using the BWNU Application form and send it to RAET BPO Uitkeringsadministraties, together with the required enclosures, within seven days of the commencement of your unemployment.


Relevant documents
BWNU Application form
BWNU Regulations 2014 (only in Dutch)
'Unemployment Benefits and Career Transition in the Public and Education Sector'

Last Modified: 23-01-2017