What is the wage offset if you eliminate the the unreported income in the Netherlands? I know with the company I worked for previoulsy we paid all of our employees in the Netherlands but then we also provided them with apartments and cars which, I was led to believe, is a standard practice in the Netherlands.
ahem, sorry about that -- lol -- <recovering>
Are you serious? Provided with an apartment
by the employer? Those must be some good
jobs you're talking about there!
I've never even heard
of that ... <intimidated>
Was it an expat thing? I've heard of companies providing housing to expats, when they "import" (highly educated) employees from other countries ... but Dutch employees, provided with an apartment ... damn.
Where do I sign up?
As for a "car from the boss", as we say - i.e., provided by your employer - that does happen regularly - but only for upper-segment jobs (or jobs that involve a lot of travelling I suppose).
For example - to put it in context - I dont know a single person who has the kind of job that would get you a "car of the boss". Hell, my boss doesnt have a "car from the boss" ;-). I once had a neighbour who had, though, she had started some management trainee job, already got a car straight away. Guess it also depends what kind of company you work for.
But yeah, no - none of that would definitely be relevant re: minimum wage earners ...
What low-wage earners do get here, is a modest government subsidy on the cost of their rent - like, when I still was eligible for it, it worked out to about a 10% rent reduction or so.
And of course we have national health insurance - that is, low- and average-wage earners are eligible for a health insurance programme where you pay some 60 euro a month for basic coverage (and 75 euro a month for more comprehensive coverage).