Simple Guidelines for Hiring Staff: Understanding Waadi, SNA Registration, and SNA Quality Mark

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Hiring staff involves following certain rules and standards to stay lawful and preserve a company’s reputation. This simplified guide will help you understand two key concepts: Waadi, and the SNA registration and quality mark. Both apply to employment agencies, payroll firms, and any organization that provides workers, either for profit or not. Not following these rules can lead to serious issues like withdrawal of the recognised sponsorship by the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

Understanding Waadi

Waadi, short for “Wet allocatie arbeidskrachten door intermediairs”, is a Dutch law that’s been in effect since July 1, 2012. It states that any company lending staff for a fee must register this activity in the Trade Register at the Chamber of Commerce, the so-called SBI code. Although mainly for employment agencies, it also covers payroll companies and other entities providing workers. Registering with Waadi makes the labor market more open and fair, showing a company’s commitment to obeying the law.

What is SNA Registration and Quality Mark

The Labor Standards Foundation (Stichting Normering Arbeid, or SNA in Dutch) also has a registration requirement. The SNA quality mark is part of this registration. Even if an organization is already recognized by the IND, it must continuously meet all SNA registration requirements.

The SNA quality mark proves a company is following legal and administrative rules, such as paying the minimum wage, correctly handling taxes and social security, and observing good work conditions. By maintaining SNA registration, companies prove they’re committed to treating workers well.

Notification regarding the termination of SNA registration

Effective July 1, 2023, it is obligatory to notify the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) in the event of the termination of SNA registration while continuing to engage in the provision of workers or being involved in pay-rolling activities. Failure to fulfill this reporting requirement may result in the withdrawal of recognition by the IND.

Being Compliant

To be compliant, companies must register their staff lending activities in the Trade Register (Waadi registration), and also register with the Labor Standards Foundation (SNA registration). They must follow rules like paying a minimum wage, correctly handling taxes and social security, and keeping good working conditions. This also involves maintaining the SNA quality mark.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Not following the Waadi and SNA rules can lead to serious consequences. If the IND finds during checks that a company isn’t meeting these obligations, it could lose its recognized status. This could hurt the company’s operations, result in lost business, damage its reputation, and even lead to legal problems.


When hiring and lending staff, companies must always follow legal and industry rules, specifically the Waadi and SNA requirements. These rules ensure a fair labor market and show commitment to treating workers right. Compliance is not just an option but a necessity for a company’s long-term success.

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