Case Studies

Study 1 - The Client:

Richard M, a change management consultant from Canada, was offered a lucrative 12 month assignment in Amsterdam working for a consulting company. But neither the recruitment agency based in London, nor the consulting companies local office were willing to organise a work visa for him and his family. Luckily after he contacted and we passed his case on to our local partner in Holland, a full work permit was soon in place that would cover him for his 12 month contract and give him the opportunity to work for other end clients after that assignment had finished. Even better, due to our local partners understanding of dual taxation laws and the special regulations for expatriate workers, he was earning more money than he expected.

Contractor Work Visa for Netherlands

Study 2 - Consultant Requiring Tax Minimisation.

Anthony, an engineer from London was offered a 9 month contract working for Shell in Holland on 65 Euro per hour. Anthony, like most contractors, had no experience contracting outside his home country, he had read a few of the forums that mention payment structures that he could use in Holland and his recruitment company had referred him to another such structure, a colleague who had worked in Holland then recommend he contact to obtain a thorough overview of his options before deciding on which payment structure to use. We were able to provide him with a variety of quotes based on his individual circumstances and together we selected the structure that best suited his profile.

Tax Expat Netherlands

Study 3 - The Recruiter:

London based recruitment consultant Yasmin Longwright had located the perfect candidate for her client, the Amsterdam office of a US investment bank. However the candidate was a US citizen so required a Dutch Work Permit. Her client’s only solution for a work permit was to hire and payroll the candidate directly. This would have exposed the candidate to the highest rate of tax through the local PAYE system and would result in a net return of less than 60%. As such the candidate was refusing the position. If only there was another solution! A colleague referred her to and our local partner was able to step into the breach. By offering a conduit between agency, end client and contractor all parties needs were met and the project was able to proceed without incident.

Umbrella Company Netherlands

Study 4 - The Employer:

MB, the sales representative for a fledgling South African management consultancy had won a project to assist a Rotterdam private healthcare organisation through a systems upgrade. He needed to urgently bring 9 of the staff from South Africa over to support the project. Given Holland’s strict immigration and business practice laws it was essential that all correct procedures were followed. However, his recently established office had not yet engaged proper legal, accounting and human resources functions which made it difficult to ensure that everything was fully compliant with local regulations.


Our local partner was able to assist him by taking on the staff as a 3rd party, providing all specialist tax and immigration advice. Not only did it solve his problem, it was easy to migrate the staff back to his company when they had their internal functions in place.

Work Visa holland

Please note these studies are used for information purposes only and any resemblance to persons real or imagined is purely incidental.


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