Minimum conditions

Salariesupdate 1/2010

There are two possibilities; you are working directly as an employee for a construction company. Then you are entitled to earn according to the Collective agreement (CAO) for the construction industry. Minimum wage when you are at least 22 years of age: Euro 11.89 per hour
Or you are hired by a job agency that sends you to a construction company. Then you are paid according to the collective agreement for the job agencies; Euro 11.80 per hour.
PremiumsThe first 3 hours are 25% extra paid.
Other extra hours between 05.00h and 21.00h; 50% extra. Construction workers who work on shift are paid 10% extra when working on a two shift basis, and 15% extra when working on a three shift scheme.
DeductionsTax and social premiums will be around 25% of your gross income is (€2000) It can rise to 27% if you earn Euro 2400.
Hours of WorkNormal working day is 8hrs, 40 hrs a week. Standard holiday is 25 days per year.
Because of the shortening of working time there are 22 days extra if you have a fulltime contract. This goes on the basis of a full years work, otherwise pro rato.
Illness and InjuryIn case of illness you will receive 70% of your income during two years. During the first year this can be adjusted to 100% depending on the applicable collective agreement.
Medical costs in case of an injury are insured.
Other InfoThere are many national specifics. The information is very basic.

further information in polish on the website of cnvhb union

See also or to

Contactsaffiliated unions:
fnvbouw,, english speaking: Eric-Jan Leeuw, EricJan.Leeuw(at);

cnvhb,, english speaking: Harrie Bijen, harrie.bijen(at)
polish speaking: Bogusia Mackaay, Druivenstraat 3 4816KB Breda. 0031-765724639