WIA benefit and work: how it works!

How is the wia benefit calculated when you go to work?

You have a WIA benefit and you are going to work in addition to your benefit. Below is an explanation per WIA benefit how the UWV deals with your salary from your employer. Do you still receive Sickness benefit (Ziektewet) because you are still employed, please read my blogpost ‘working and Sickness benefit’ about what to expect.

If you are going to work during the wia benefit, it is important to know whether you receive a WGA benefit or an IVA benefit. A WGA benefit and IVA benefit both fall under the WIA benefit. The difference is whether the expectation in the future is that you will be able to work or not. You will receive a WGA benefit if you are expected to be able to work again in the future. You will receive an IVA benefit if it is expected that you will no longer be able to work in the future. If you want to know how the UWV deals with income from work when you receive a WIA benefit, read on quickly.

How much extra can you earn with a WIA benefit and work in 2021?

WGA benefit

You have a WIA benefit and are going to work. It differs per benefit how much you can earn extra. If you receive a WGA benefit, you may earn a maximum of 65% of your last-earned salary. You start earning more than that 65%, the benefit will automatically stop after one year from the date that you start earning more than 65%. Are you going to earn less than 65% of your old salary, your benefit will not be stopped, but it will be checked every month whether you need to pay back a part of the benefit.

IVA benefit

If you have an IVA benefit from the WIA benefit and you start working, you may earn a maximum of 20% of your last-earned salary. 70% of this is withheld. For example, if you earn 500 euros extra per month, you can keep 150 euros yourself.

Provide paychecks during WIA benefit when you go to work

If you decide to work for an employer in addition to your WIA benefit, you are obliged to report your income. This can be done by sending the paycheck / salaryslip to the UWV every month. Click here to send a copy of your paycheck to the UWV. So if you are going to earn more or less than is known at the UWV, you can report this.

The UWV calculates every month whether the income has an influence on your benefit. This means whether or not you have to pay back part of your benefit to the UWV. Within a certain margin you can earn extra in addition to your benefit. If your income falls outside that margin because, for example, you have started working more hours than normal, you may have to (partially) pay back your benefit that month. Always report within a week when you are going to work. If you don’t do that you get a fine.

What happens if you do not report the extra earnings on time?

If you do not report the extra earnings on time (within 1 week), you can be fined by the UWV. The amount of the fine can be a maximum of 100% of the received amount you get every month. In addition, you will have to pay back the received amount (monthly wage you get from the UWV) . The advice is therefore to always report your extra earnings in time to prevent to get a fine.

If you have already been fined before and receive a fine within 5 years, the fine will be increased from 100% to 150%.

If the UWV thinks that you have committed fraud (deliberately withholding information), the UWV will not give you a fine but skip this step and will directly report this to the Openbaar Ministerie) Public Prosecution Service.

What income do you have to pass on/ report with a WIA benefit and work?

In principle, you have to pass on everything that you earn extra. If you have a WIA benefit and you are going to work or do a job, you must report this to the UWV. This can also be voluntary work and both paid and unpaid. However, there are exceptions that we discuss below.

Volunteer work

Always let the UWV know when you will be volunteering, even if it is unpaid. If you receive an expense allowance (onkostenvergoeding) , there are 3 conditions:

1 Do you receive more than 170 euros per month in expense allowance (onkostenvergoeding)? Or is this more than 1700 euros per year? Everything above those amounts is regarded by the UWV as paid work and must be paid back.

2 If you are 22 years old or older, you may not receive more than 5 euros per hour in expense allowance (onkostenvergoeding).

3 If you are younger than 22 years old, you may not receive more than 2.75 euros per hour in expense allowance (onkostenvergoeding).

Income from own business

You have a WIA benefit and are going to work in your own company. Are you going to start your own company or do you already have a business? Then you must also pass on/ report that income (profit) such as an annual loss-profit account. You can also agree with the UWV not to get paid your benefit for the time being. You do this when you expect to achieve a certain profit in the near future. This prevents you to pay back your benefit if you received too much. You cannot just quit your company because the UWV has to decide again the extent to which you are unable to work.

Selling stuff

If you structurally sell stuff on Marketplace (Marktplaats), flea markets and other platforms, you are working commercially and the UWV must be informed. If you occasionally sell some stuff because you want to get rid of it, you do not have to report this.

Room rental

If you are going to rent out a room privately to, for example, a student or a family member, you do not have to report this. If you do a professional room rental, such as via Airbnb or other platforms, you must report this to the UWV. The UWV sees this as a professional activity.

WIA benefit and work: a WGA benefit

You will receive a WGA benefit if you are found to be more than 35% incapacitated (not able to work) for work during an examination with the insurance doctor. It is expected that you will be able to (partially) return to work in the future. With a WGA benefit, it is rewarding to work besides your benefit. This means that if you have a WGA benefit and work alongside it, you have a higher income than if you were not working in addition to your WGA benefit.

Tip: you could ask the UWV if they can make you a “pro-forma” calculation. You then pass on the estimated amount that you think you will earn. The UWV then enters the amount in their system. This way you can immediately see whether your new income has an impact on your benefit (= you must or do not have to pay back an amount to the UWV).

The WGA benefit is divided into 3 types:

  • loongerelateerde uitkering (salary-related benefit)
  • loonaanvullingsuitkering (salary supplement benefit)
  • vervolguitkering  (follow-up benefit)

Salary-related WGA benefit (loongerelateerde uitkering)

You will receive a salary-related benefit if you have worked at least 26 weeks of the 36 weeks before your first day of sickness. It also counts for the calculation if you only worked 1 day in 1 week.
The salary-related benefit lasts at least six months and it depends on your employment history how long a salary-related benefit lasts, but lasts a maximum of 24 months.
Whether you receive a salary-related benefit or not within the WGA benefit depends on the following:

  • whether you can earn 65% or less of your old salary because of your sickness;
  • you have at least 26 weeks of the 36 weeks before your 1st day of sickness.


So did you work less than 26 weeks of the 36 weeks before the 1st day of sickness? In that case you will not receive a salary-related benefit, but it is checked whether you maybe receive a ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ (salary supplementation benefit) or a ‘vervolg uitkering’ (follow-up benefit).

wia benefit and work

WIA benefit and work: a salary-related WGA benefit

Employment history

How long you may receive a ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit) depends on how long you worked before your 1st day of sickness (employment history). Employment history is viewed by looking at:
the years from the year you turned 18 up to and including 1997. This is called the “fictitious employment history”.
The years you worked from 1998 to the year in which you received a WGA benefit are added to this. This is called the “actual employment history”. Only the years in which you received a salary of at least 52 days are taken into account. Finally, the years in which you took unpaid leave, cared for your sick child or provided informal care also count.

Amount and duration WIA  ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit)

You will receive one month’s benefit for each full year that you have worked. The ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit) lasts a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 24 months.
Do you not work at all during the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’  (salary-related benefit)? Then you will receive 75% of your most recently earned salary for the first 2 months. After those 2 months, 70% of your last-earned salary. This is the salary you received in the year before you started working sick.
Do you work in addition to the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit)? Then, in addition to the salary you earn, you will receive 70% of the difference between your last-earned salary for the 1st day of sickness and your new salary.

Practical example of ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related) WGA benefit and work

You earned 1200 euros per month in the year before you became sick;
• You receive a salary-related WGA benefit.


What do you get if you do not work during the salary-related WGA benefit:
• You receive 70% of 1200 euros if you do not work during the benefit period.
• 70% of 1200 euros = 840 euros. So you will receive 840 euros gross per month in benefits.


What do you get if you do work during the salary-related WGA benefit


• You will receive a WGA benefit of 70% of the difference between your old salary of 1200 euros per month that you earned for your 1st day of sickness and your new salary that you receive during the WGA benefit period. In this example, you receive 300 euros in salary from your employer in addition to your benefit.
• 70% of 900 euros (difference between 1200 and 300 = 900) = 630 euros. Your total income will then be 300 euros (salary from employer) + 630 = 930 euros gross per month in benefits.
• This means that you will have more gross per month if you start working in addition to your salary-related WGA benefit.

WIA benefit and work: a WGA ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ (salary supplement benefit)

Which WIA WGA benefit will I receive after the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit)?

Have you reached the maximum duration of the (loongerelateerde uitkering) salary-related benefit (minimum 6 months, maximum 24 months) and you no longer receive the salary-related WGA benefit (loongerelateerde uitkering)? Then you will receive either a salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering). You will receive a letter from the UWV 3 months before the salary-related benefit (loongerelateerde uitkering) ends. This states whether you will receive a salary supplementation benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering).

The UWV looks at the % for how much you no longer are able to work. This was established during the WIA consultation with the insurance doctor from the UWV. In addition, the UWV checks how much you earn.

Tip: you could ask the UWV if they can make you a “pro-forma” calculation. You then pass on the estimated amount that you think you will earn. The UWV then enters the amount in their system. This way you can immediately see whether your new income has an impact on your benefit (= you must or do not have to pay back an amount to the UWV).

How long may I receive a salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering)?

This depends on several reasons:

• You earn more than 65% of your old salary. Then you will receive the salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) for a maximum of 1 year.

• The labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige) believes that in theory you can earn more than 65% of your old salary. Unfortunately, you do not earn this salary in practice in addition to your benefit. The salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) will then be stopped after 2 months.

• You earn less than half of what you can earn according to the labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige). The salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) will then be changed into a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering). This means that the amount of benefits can go down considerably (= very low benefit).

• Did you get even sicker during your sickness? Is there a good chance that you will never be able to earn more than 20% of your old salary? Then you may receive a IVA benefit. You will then receive an invitation to have a consultation at the UWV with the insurance doctor.

You can receive the IVA benefit until you reach the state pension age (retirement age). Then nothing should change in your health situation. The benefit can also be stopped earlier when your health improves.

Calculation of WIA salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering)

When examine a salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering), the UWV looks at whether you earn less than 50% than what you could still earn according to the UWV (earning capacity).

When may you receive a WIA supplemental salary benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering)?

Do you earn more than 50% than what you could theoretically earn by working (earning capacity) according to the UWV? Then you will receive a salary supplementation benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering).

Are you completely rejected (not able to work) for 80-100%? Then you will always receive a salary supplemental benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) and a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) does not apply. In that case, it does not look at how much you earn.

When do you receive a WIA follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering)?

Do you earn less than 50% than what you could theoretically earn by working (earning capacity) according to the UWV? Then you will receive a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering). Note that a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) is only a % of the minimum salary and is therefore not financially a good option. It is not based on the old salary but on the minimum salary we have in the Netherlands!

Practical example whether you receive a salary supplementation benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering)

You earned 1200 euros per month before you became sick.

• The UWV believes that you can theoretically earn 500 euros by working (earning capacity). It does not matter whether there is a suitable job for you at that time or not. It is only theoretically thought that with your disability you could earn at least 500 euros per month.

• The UWV checks to determine what benefit you will receive, whether you could earn at least 50% of your earning capacity. This is therefore 50% of 500 euros = 250 euros per month.

Supplementary salary benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering)

The UWV has decided that you should be able to earn at least 50% of 500 euros per month in addition to the benefit. So 250 euros per month. Can you find a job with which you can earn 250 euros per month? Then you earn exactly 50% of the amount (500 euros) that you should be able to earn per month according to the UWV (= 250 euros). You will then receive a salary supplementation benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering).
• This means that, in addition to your salary, you will receive a benefit of 70% of the difference between your last salary earned before the 1st day of sickness (1200 euros) and what you could theoretically earn (500 euros).

Calculation of salary supplementation benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering)

250+ (70% of 1200) -500 = 590 euros
• Can’t you find work for 50% of your earning capacity, so in this example 50% of 500 euros = 250 euros? Or you do find work, but you only earn 200 euros per month, then you will receive a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering).

WIA benefit and work
WIA benefit and work: how it works

WIA benefit and work: a follow-up benefit  (vervolguitkering)

You will receive a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) in addition to the salary that you actually earn in practice from an employer or only earn in theory (the labor expert believes that you could earn a certain amount per month). The follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) is based on a certain % of the minimum salary. The minimum salary is a minimum amount determined by Dutch law that you should earn with an employer. The level of the % of this minimum salary depends on the % you are not able to work. Note that the amount of the follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) is much lower. This is because the follow-up benefit is not based on your previous salary.


Tip: you could ask the UWV if they can make you a “pro-forma” calculation. You then pass on the estimated amount that you think you will earn. The UWV then enters the amount in their system. This way you can immediately see whether your new income has an impact on your benefit (= you must or do not have to pay back an amount to the UWV).

Which WIA WGA benefit will I receive after the salary-related benefit (loongerelateerde uitkering)?

Have you reached the maximum duration of the salary-related benefit (minimum 6 months, maximum 24 months) and are you no longer entitled to the salary-related WGA benefit? Then you will receive either a salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering). You will receive a letter from the UWV 3 months before the salary-related benefit loongerelateerde uitkering) ends. This states whether you will receive a salary supplementation benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering) or a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering).
The UWV looks at the % for how much you are no longer able to work. This was established during the WIA consultation at the UWV with the insurance doctor. In addition, the UWV checks how much you earn.

How long may I receive a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering)?

The reasons for which the follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) will last may be as follows:


• You earn more than 65% of your old salary. You may than receive a follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) for a maximum of 1 year.
• The labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige) believes that you can earn more than 65% of your old salary. The follow-up benefit will then be stopped after 2 months.
• You are going to receive half or more in salary than what you can earn according to the labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige). This means that the follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering) is changed to a higher salary supplement benefit (loonaanvullingsuitkering).
• Do you notice that your health problems have gotten worse? Is it expected that you cannot earn more than 20% of your old salary? Then you could maybe receive an IVA benefit.


You can continue to receive the IVA benefit until you reach the WAO age (pension). Then nothing should change about your health complaints. It may also be that the benefit will be stopped earlier, for example when your health improves.

Practical example calculation of WGA follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering)

1200 euros gross per month is the amount you earned for your first day of sickness.
• According to the UWV you could theoretically earn 500 euros on a monthly basis (earning capacity).
• You receive 200 euros per month in salary instead of 50% of 500 euros = 250 euros with an employer and you are 50% rejected (not able to work). According to the UWV, you fall in the disability % class between 45-55%. This means that you will receive a benefit of 35% of the minimum salary (net amount). For this example, let’s assume a net amount of minimum salary of 1000 euros. This is: 350 euros.
• Your income per month is then: 200 + 350 = 550 euros

Disability % class
35-45% = 28% % of the minimum salary
45-55% = 35% % of the minimum salary
55-65% = 42% % of the minimum salary
65-80% = 50.75% % of the minimum salary
The % that you are not able to work and disabled is stated in the report of the labor expert. This report has been sent to you.

Apply for WIA benefit allowance

If you cannot pay your expenses every month because of the low amount of the follow-up benefit (vervolguitkering), you can apply for an allowance at the UWV. You do this when your (family) income is lower than the minimum salary in the Netherlands.
Apply for an allowance online if you have a WIA benefit and your (family) income is lower than the minimum salary in the Netherlands.
To apply for the allowance, you need a DIGID login code, citizen service number and information about your income. If you have a partner, you also need your partner’s citizen service number.

WIA benefit and working with an IVA benefit

You will receive an IVA benefit if it is expected that you will no longer be able to work in the future. You are then completely not able to work and between 80 and 100% rejected during the WIA consultation at the UWV with the insurance doctor. During the consultation with the UWV insurance doctor, the UWV checks how much you could still earn with your complaints. This is compared to the situation before your 1st day of sickness.

Practical example of calculating IVA benefit

You have a chronic sickness and you earn 1200 euros per month. The UWV has calculated that theoretically you could still earn 100 euros. How much you no longer are able to work becomes clear in the overview below:
1200-100 = 1100: 1200 = 0.91 × 100 = 91% not able to work.


Do you want to know how high your income is when you go to work? Then take a look at the calculation tool of the UWV. Go on the webpage to ‘Wia uitkering’-Rekenhulp. Check for which WIA benefit you want to do the calculation. This can be either ‘loongerelateerde uitkering, loonaanvullende uitkering, vervolguitkering or IVA uitkering’. Enter the gross amount as the monthly salary. This is the amount stated in the decision of the UWV. For the gross amount per month, if you are employed, enter the amount stated under SV salary. If you cannot find this, just enter the amount that is stated in gross. If you are self-employed, enter your profit.


Tip: you could ask the UWV if they can make you a “pro-forma” calculation. You then pass on the estimated amount that you think you will earn. The UWV then enters the amount in their system. This way you can immediately see whether your new income has an impact on your benefit (= you must or do not have to pay back an amount to the UWV).

Payment dates UWV: when do I get my WIA payment ?

Payment dates and WIA benefit.

Payout WIA 2021

22th of January 2021
23th of February 2021
23th of March 2021
23th of April 2021
21th of Mai (also holiday allowances)
23th of June 2021
23th of July 2021
23th of August 2021
23th of September 2021
22th of October 2021
23th of November 2021
17th of December 2021 (this paydate might change)
Betaaldata WIA 2021

The payment dates from UWV when you have a WIA benefit are fixed. Please take notice it might take 3 days from the payment date to the date the payment is on your bank account.

When you get your payment depends on what kind of UWV benefit you receive. Both the WAO, WIA, Wajong and WAZ have fixed payment dates. You always get your payment afterwards and on a monthly base.

Please see below list with an overview of all the payment dates in 2021.

Find out more about the payment dates UWV
Payment dates UWV

Payment dates WIA and holiday pay/allowances (vakantiegeld)

The holiday allowances is not mentioned in the schedule of payment dates because it will be paid in full in May each year together with your benefit. For questions about your payment please contact UWV by phone via: 088-8989294.

The holiday allowance is paid every year in May and you will also receive it once your benefit has ended.

If you receive a sickness benefit (ziektewetuitkering) you receive the holiday allowance not in May in full every year but you receive a bit of the holiday allowance every month included in your sickness benefit. Learn more about the WIA benefit in my blog Apply for WIA: how it works step by step.

On the website of uwv.nl you can find the Dutch information about the payment dates.

Insurance doctor UWV: learn what you can expect!

What does an UWV insurance doctor do?

An insurance doctor is there to assess your medical situation. For this you will be called up to the insurance doctor during consultation hours at UWV. The insurance doctor will assess your WIA application based on the medical data. These data are the findings of the company doctor you visited before during the first 2 years of sickness, and the results provided by your own doctor/specialist/therapist. You will also be asked for an overview of the medication you are taking and which treatments you are taking. Your psychological and physical health will be examinated.

A general question that is asked is why you cannot work at the moment. An hour is normally scheduled for the interview. Your medical results from your own specialist and company doctor from your current company (medical data) in combination with this consultation at the UWV office form the basis to fill out a Functional Opportunities List (FML). In this FML form your limitations will be written down (the complaints that are the cause you are not able to work).

Read in my blog WIA consultation UWV for WIA benefit how to be well prepared for the consultation and how you can prepare well for the consultation with the insurance doctor.

After this conversation, this FML list is sent to the Labor expert. You can read what you can expect from a meeting with the labor expert in the blog Labor expert: well prepared to the consultation.

Insurance doctor UWV consultation
Insurance doctor UWV consultation

Your capacity to work determined by insurance doctor

The capacity to work will be examined during the consultation. This means how you function in everyday life. This is about what you can or cannot do because of your complaints. This can be both physical and psychological complaints.

How is your capacity to work assessed?

The capacity to work is assessed by studying your medical results. As mentioned above, these are the details of your company doctor or own specialist/ doctor/ therapist. During the consultation , questions are asked about your physical and psychological health. Questions are also asked about how you function in daily life. Based on the medical results and the interview, an estimate is made of which activities you could still do. The conversation also serves as a check to see if what you are saying corresponds with your medical situation. A decision based on the medical results and the information you provide will be made by the insurance doctor. That decision therefore has to do with what you could handle in terms of your capacity to work.

Telephone number UWV

You can contact the insurance doctor by telephone if you have any questions. You can then call the UWV, after which you will be called back. The employee of the UWV customer contact center will never ask for data relating to your health.
Telephone number UWV: 088 – 898 9294

Send a letter to the UWV insurance doctor

You can also send a letter to the insurance doctor. This is the case, for example, when your health situation changes. Or if you have received a form that requires you to return data to the UWV, you can submit this online by going to the UWV site and completing the change form.

Labor expert from UWV: learn what you can expect!

What is the task of the UWV labor expert?

Also known as the ‘arbeidsdeskundige’. Before you go to the labor expert, you first had a meeting with the insurance doctor. The limitations and possibilities that the UWV insurance doctor has determined are included in the investigation by the labor expert. Here are the things that are checked during consultation with the insurance expert:

  • for how much measured in a % you are sick
  • how much you can still work
  • in which positions you could still work
  • how much you can earn with this.

The labor expert therefore assesses whether you can still work and for what % you no longer can’t work. He also looks at how much you could still earn. But first of all, he will check whether sufficient reintegration efforts have been made by both the employer and you. It is therefore important in the application whether the employer has done his or her best to guide you to suitable work. If, according to the labor expert, this is sufficient, it will be examined for what% you no longer can’t work and how much WIA benefit you will receive.

Labor expert UWV
Labor expert UWV

What happens if too little reintegration has been done?

The labor expert will ask you what your thoughts were about of the reintegration in the past 2 years at your employer. Was contact with the employer good or not? What did you think went well during the reintegration and what did you think went less well? Does the labor expert believe that the employer’s reintegration efforts were not enough? At that moment a wage penalty will follow. This means that the employer will continue to pay your salary to you for 1 year longer. The labor expert advises your employer on how to make sure the reintegration efforts will go better in future. It is also possible that the employer will follow the advice of the UWV to such an extent that a reduction of the wage penalty can be requested. If this is the case, the wage penalty will be undone and it will be determined whether there is a right to WIA benefit.

Which labor experts are there at the UWV?

There are 2 different labor experts at the UWV.
The first one will assess the WIA benefit application. The second one will help you find suitable work if you can work besides your WIA benefit.

What questions can you expect from the labor expert?

You can expect questions such as:

  • What kind of work have you done?
  • Which activities did you succeed and which not?
  • What are the activities that you can still do?
  • Can you list the activities that you can no longer do?
  • Do you know what to expect from your own recovery in the future?
  • Before the interview, consider what possibilities you still see for yourself, but also what you can no longer do.
  • Take someone with you to the interview.

You can read how to prepare for the WIA examination at the insurance doctor in the blog WIA consultation at UWV: how to prepare for WIA benefit

How does the labor expert calculate the WIA benefit?

The reintegration report that you have added to the WIA application and sent will be used by the labor expert. He also enters the FML list that the insurance doctor has completed into the computer system. Your limitations are shown in the FML list. This could be, for example, that you have difficulty concentrating, walking, standing or lifting. The computer system (CBBS) looks at your education level, employment history and limitations. Subsequently, the CBBS system will look for at least 3 functions that would suit you. If the computer system does not find sufficient functions, it means that you are completely not fit to work.

Calculation of the hourly wage for the WIA benefit

The computer system (CBBS) that the labor expert uses has found a few functions that you could still do. The corresponding hourly wages (= what you earned per hour) are examined for each position. These are shown per function by default. This hourly wage for those positions is compared to the hourly wage you earned at your last employer. The difference between the hourly wage from that fictitious position in the computer system of the labor expert and the hourly wage of your last employer is the % for how much you you are not able to work an receive WIA benefit. The last position with the employer from which you became sick is called the maatman (measuring man) at the UWV.
There is a formula that the UWV uses to calculate the % that you are or are not able to work.

It looks like this:
maatman – position UWV x 100% = percentage of incapacity for work mate

Labor expert UWV
Labor expert UWV

When am I entitled to WIA benefit?

If, according to the above calculation, you can’t work for more than 35%, you receive a WIA benefit. Unfortunately, if you can’t work less than 35% according to the calculation, you don’t receive a WIA benefit. If, according to the labor expert, you are not able to work more than 35%, it will be assessed whether you receive a WGA or IVA benefit.

What does the result of the interview with the labor expert mean in my case?

The result of the WIA consultation can mean the following:

completely not able to work:

you are not able to work temporarily completely, so that you receive a WGA benefit. If it is expected that you will not be able to work in the future, you will receive an IVA benefit.

partially not able to work:

you can work part and part not. You have certain limitations that would prevent you from working fully. So you can work here, but there are limits to what you can currently handle. If this is the case, an employer can make use of a no-risk policy. This means that when an employer hires you, they will receive a sickness benefit for you when you become sick. In addition, an employer will then have to pay less premium for you. Finally, an employer also pays less premium if you ultimately apply for a WGA benefit. You do not need to apply for this no-risk policy in advance. The UWV assesses whether there is a right to the no-risk policy at the time of sickness. So if you are partially not able to work, it can be beneficial for employers to hire you.

The UWV has shared the following information:
Not able to work: you are less than 35% rejected by the UWV. This can be for the following reasons:
• The UWV does not believe that you have a disability that would prevent you from working.
• According to the calculation by UWV, you could earn your old salary again, for which you are not able to work for less than 35%.

Contact with the labor expert

As you know, you will first be invited for a consultation with the labor expert. This takes place after you have been to the insurance doctor for the WIA examination. If you have been (partially) not able to work, a second labor expert who is specialized in guiding you to work will contact you. If you then have any questions for the labor expert, you can contact the UWV for this on tel. 088-898 92 94. Unfortunately, these call charges are not free. The labor expert will then call you back to make an appointment. If you have created a ‘werkmap’ (workfile) via werk.nl, you can send a message to the labor expert via this ‘werkmap’.

Reporting labor expert

The report with the calculation will be sent to you. Does the UWV believe that you are (partially) not able to work? Then you will receive a letter from the UWV with the decision.

WIA consultation at UWV: how to prepare for WIA benefit

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Wia consultation: how it works to apply for a wia consultation

In this blog you learn how you can prepare for the WIA consultation UWV for WIA benefit. You will receive a letter from the UWV with an invitation for the WIA consultation. You will receive this letter if you are still unable to work within 2 years of sickness and reintegration efforts at your employer. You may then apply for a WIA benefit. You apply for WIA benefit if you now earn less than on your 1st day of sickness. You can apply for the WIA benefit from the 88th week of 1st day of sickness up to the 93rd week of sickness at the latest.

Apply for WIA benefit

The letter from the UWV explains how you can apply for the WIA benefit. The UWV needs documents like your medical results from your company doctor and  a document with reintegration efforts in order to collect all necessary information . You must collect this yourself and send it to the UWV office. The blog post Apply for WIA benefit explains how to apply for the WIA benefit.

Invitation letter from UWV for WIA consultation

You will receive a new letter from the UWV after your WIA application is received online. You will be invited by the UWV for a meeting with the insurance doctor (verzekeringsarts). During this WIA consultation, it is checked whether you could still work. The UWV also looks at what you could earn with this work and whether you may get a WIA benefit or not. After the consultation with the insurance doctor a conversation with the labor expert usually follows.

Why is the consultation with the UWV insurance doctor important?

The results of the conversation with the insurance doctor and later on with the labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige) are very important. The UWV determines whether or not you will receive a WIA benefit on the basis of the consultations. This means whether or not you will receive a monthly benefit in the coming period. The UWV looks at what you can still earn with your limitations and possibilities. This is compared to your salary before you got sick. How much benefit you receive depends on the difference in income between what you previously earned with your job and what you could now earn theoretically with another function you still could do with your limitations. If this means a difference of less than 35%, you are not entitled to a WIA benefit.

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What happens during such a conversation for the WIA consultation?

The insurance doctor asks about your physical and / or psychological complaints. Your medical situation will be examined by the insurance doctor. The insurance doctor can form an idea based on your submitted documents you sent to the WIA office with the WIA application. What does your situation look like now? The doctor also asks about your activities in daily life. In addition to the conversation, the doctor may do a short physical examination.

Purpose of the conversation during the WIA examination

The purpose of the consultation is not to determine a diagnosis or to advise on your treatment process. After all, your doctor or specialist has already done this. The insurance doctor determines whether you can still work (partially) in addition to your complaints and limitations. In addition, it will be checked whether your limitations are temporary or permanent.

What will be examined during the WIA consultation?

The UWV will check whether there are opportunities for you to work. It also looks at how much you could earn with the work. The work you did previously does not count. For example, if you previously had work as a nurse, you could still do production work with your limitations. If you want to know more about the different benefits and how they are calculated, visit my blog UWV benefit.

Prepare daytime activities for WIA consultation

Before the consultation, the insurance doctor looks at your daily activities on the basis of a Functional Options List (FML). Questions you can prepare for are:
• What does your day look like?
• What do you do in one day?

You can prepare for the consultation by writing down exactly what you will do in a day. For instance:
• what time you get up
• when and at what time are you going to eat
• whether you need rest in between
• What limitations do you run into during the day?

This concerns an average day during the week. If you find this difficult, you can keep a daily schedule for a week. That way you get a more general picture. You measure not only a day when you have crossed your energy limit, but also when you feel overloaded.

What do you bring to the consultation during the WIA consultation?

Documents and medicines

• Bring a valid passport or ID card. Without a valid passport or ID card, the appointment will not take place and a new appointment must be scheduled.


• Bring the documents you have sent with your WIA application (copy). These are your reintegration report from the employer and the problem analysis and the current opinion of the company doctor or your own doctor/specialist/therapist.


• Bring an overview of all the treatments you are undergoing. Also provide the contact details of your doctor/ specialist or therapist.

• Take with you all medical documents that you have received from your specialist/ doctor or therapist during your sickness. If you don’t have one, please contact your doctor or specialist to get it. If you are in a situation where this will not work, you can ask the insurance doctor to contact your own doctor or specialist. Also bring your medicines and an overview of the medication you are taking. You can request this overview from the pharmacy.

Make sure you know which documents have been sent to the UWV with the WIA application. Check whether the insurance doctor has all the details. If your medical file is incomplete the insurance doctor cannot make a proper consultation. Take any missing document with you to the consultation hour and ask if it can be added to your file.

Take someone with you during the conversation. This can be your partner, companion, a family member, friend or girlfriend. That way, this person can help you remember what the insurance doctor said. And if you bring someone along, they can support you during the conversation. Finally, it is also nice to be able to discuss the conversation afterwards.

Will you immediately receive the result of the WIA examination?

The insurance doctor can often indicate after the consultation whether or not you will be (partially) not be able to work. The insurance doctor may need additional information to estimate whether or not you can work. Request this information yourself or the insurance doctor will request this with your permission from your doctor/specialist or therapist.

How will it continue after your WIA consultation?

After the conversation you will be informed about how to proceed. After the consultation, the insurance doctor makes a report of the consultation. This will be added to your personal file. You have the right to view this report. The report is created using the Functional Feature List (FML). It states what you could possibly still do about work. Normally, every year you receive an invitation for a re-examination. You can read in my blogpost WIA re-examination how it works.

The insurance doctor may expect that you will no longer be able to work at all in the future. In that case you may receive an IVA benefit. If this is the case, you do not have to meet with the labor expert.

Are you expected to be able to work in the future? Then you will be invited to the consultation hour with the labor expert. If the UWV has both an appointment with the insurance doctor and an labor expert scheduled on the same day, ask for 2 separate appointments. State that this is too difficult due to the tension you experience during such a consultation with the insurance doctor and you cannot handle the second consultation.

After the WIA consultation you go to the labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige)

As mentioned above, if  the consultation is that you could work in the future, go to the labor expert. He will assess whether sufficient reintegration efforts have been made by you and the employer in the past 2 years. The labor expert looks at the information from the reintegration report that you have sent with the WIA application. The documents such as the action plan and 1st year evaluation during the sickness  period, this weighs greatly. You also sent these documents at the time with the WIA application.

The labor expert looks at what kind of work you did and what possibilities there are in terms of work. If the labor expert feels that the reintegration efforts are sufficient, he will determine for what percentage you are not able to work.

When do I receive a WIA benefit?

To receive a WIA benefit, you are at least 35% not able to work. If this is the case, it will be examined whether you can claim a WGA or IVA benefit. You will find all information about these benefits in my blog  UWV benefit.

WIA re-examination: how does it work?

Request a re-examination of the WIA benefit

The WIA re-examination and how it works will be explained in this blog. You will be re-examined by the UWV when you receive a WIA benefit. The re-examination is done by the insurance doctors (verzekeringsartsen) and labor experts (arbeidsdeskundigen) of the UWV. Both you and the UWV or your (ex) employer can request a re-examination. You can find out all about the WIA examination in my blogpost WIA consultation: how to prepare.

WIA re-examination: when?

Is your health getting worse or you see an improvement in your health during your WIA benefit? In that case, you must notify the UWV yourself. There is a duty to provide information, which means that every change in health must be communicated with the UWV. If you don’t do this or do not do this on time, the UWV can give you a fine. This will cost you money. If the UWV thinks that a re-inspection is needed due to your information, you will automatically receive an invitation. Is there self-insurance (eigenrisicodragerschap) from your ex-employer? This means that the (ex) employer will still be responsible for your reintegration process for up to 10 years. The ex-employer then largely takes over the role of the UWV.

Re-examination request by the UWV

In addition, the UWV itself can also request a re-inspection. Your current situation will then be reviewed and compared to how it was. The UWV will check whether in your current situation there are again possibilities to reintegrate or work. Taking a course or training that could increase the opportunities on the labor market is also an option.

WIA re-examination: how often?

The UWV normally invites you twice a year for the re-examination. You need to appear at the consultation hour with the insurance doctor. Sometimes it may be that this contact moment is up to 4 times a year or less. This differs per person. It is also possible that the UWV only maintains contact with you by telephone for a period. These contact moments can be via a ‘procesbegeleider’ or job coach. This differs per case and it also plays a role whether the UWV has enough insurance doctors (verzekeringsartsen) in-house. This is to ensure that every person who receives a WIA benefit is regularly invited for the re-examination. Due to delay in the past some disabled people haven’t received an invitation for re-examination for years.

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wia benefit re-examination at UWV

WIA re-examination: what will be examined?

As mentioned earlier, your health will be re-examined during the re-examination. The UWV will then examine whether there are new opportunities to work. The insurance doctor (verzekeringsarts) and the labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige) are involved in this. A new calculation is made. The calculation is about the percentage you are not able to work. Are you completely not able to work? Has your health become even worse or is it expected that you will not recover? Then it can be checked during the re-examination whether you could request for an IVA benefit. You receive an IVA benefit when you are completely not able to work for the next years. If the chances of recovery are very low you can also apply for the IVA benefit.

Re-examination and the decision of the UWV

You will receive a letter from the UWV within 8 weeks after you have had the re-examination. Pay attention to the date that the UWV applies within which period the new decision will be made. The new decision as a result of the re-examination can be very important because your disability percentage may be changed. If your disability percentage is changed, this will affect the amount of your benefit.

Re-examination and objection

Suppose, you have received the new decision from the UWV and you do not agree with it. You can then object to the decision within 6 weeks. You can make a notice of objection (bezwaarschrift) for two reasons. Firstly, if the decision of the UWV has to do with a medical judgment. Secondly, if you do not agree with the new disability percentage you can also apply. If you need to wait for information from specialists, you can also submit a provisional notice of objection (voorlopig bezwaar). This must therefore be done within 6 weeks. You will then have more time to collect all the information you need and to prepare. More advice about making a notice of objection you can find in my e-book: ‘How do I survive the UWV-On the way to a successful WIA inspection.

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WIA benefit UWV re-examination

Re-examination of WIA within 5 years

Normally you will be examined every year during the 1st 5 years of the WIA benefit . This is the case when there is still a chance that your health might improve. Were you declared partially not able to work during the re-examination? You have therefore been declared partially recovered? Are you asked to be able to work partially ( your WIA benefit will be lower). You will then receive the WGA benefit from the WIA benefit. Are you completely not able to work? Is it expected that you remain and stay in the situation meaning you are not able to work? Then you will continue to receive the IVA benefit.

WIA re-examination and revival of benefit

Did you start working within five years you had a WIA benefit because you were reported fully recovered? Did you became sick again within those 5 years? Are you having the same complaints you had the first time you received your WIA benefit? Then you are again entitled to your old WIA benefit. In other words, your old ended WIA benefit will then be continued. If you were entitled to an IVA benefit within those 5 years, the 5-year period does not apply. For both the IVA and the WIA benefit, you must have become sick with the same cause. So this means you are sick now with exactly the same cause of sickness as the first time.

UWV benefit: learn all about social security WIA benefits

What is a WIA benefit from UWV?

You will receive a UWV benefit if you are unemployed or will. We only focus on the WIA benefit if you become not able to work for work due to sickness.

WIA stands for: Work and Income according to Capacity for Work Act. You can apply for the WIA if you are unable to work or can work less due to sickness. If you become will, you receive a sickness benefit for the first 2 years of sickness and is normally paid by your employer. You apply for WIA benefit when you have been sick for almost 2 years. You are then 35% or more not able to work for work. After 2 years, the sickness benefit changes into a WIA benefit.

At the UWV, both the insurance doctor and the labor expert determine your situation. They also calculate for what % you are not able to work (incapacity for work %).

You can receive a WIA benefit if you are 35% or more not able to work. If you are less than 35% not able to work, you do not receive a WIA benefit.

Could you earn 65% or more of your old salary in another work or position according to UWV (insurance doctor? In that case you do not receive a WIA benefit.

Could you earn less than 65% of your old salary in other work according to UWV (insurance doctor)? Then the UWV decides whether you receive a WIA benefit or not.

What does a WIA benefit mean?

The WIA is subdivided into the WGA benefit and the IVA benefit.

  • WGA stands for: Return to Work for Partially Disabled People. You may receive a WGA if you have been sick for 2 years or more and can work (in the future).
  • IVA stands for: Income Provision for Completely Disabled Persons. You may receive an IVA if you are unable or hardly able to work and there is little chance that you will recover in future.

Various payments are possible as described above.

  • You will receive WGA benefit if you are between 35-80 % not able to work.
  • You will receive WGA benefit if you are between 80-100 % not able to work. Does the UWV expect that your situation can improve or change? Then you are temporarily unable to work, but it is not expected to be permanent. In this case, you will also receive a WGA benefit.
  • You will receive IVA benefits if you are between 80-100% not able to work permanently. Is this not expected to change in the future? Then you will receive an IVA benefit.
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When WIA benefit?

After you have been sick for 88 weeks, you will receive a letter from the UWV. The letter states that you can apply for WIA. Please note that you can submit the WIA application until the 93rd week of sickness at the latest. So, apply for the WIA benefit on time. Submitting too late can result in you being without income for a while. This is because the employer no longer pays the salary after 2 years of sickness. Or if you no longer have an employer, the sickness benefit will stop after 2 years.

Apply for early WIA benefit from UWV

In some cases the company doctor has advised applying for an early WIA. This is the case if it is expected that you will never be able to work again now and in the future. In this case, you can apply for the WIA early. This is called “applications with reduced waiting time”. Because you can only apply for this early WIA once, it is important that this is advised by the company doctor.

When to apply for early WIA from UWV

After at least 3 weeks of sickness, you can apply for this early WIA. Apply for the early WIA at least before you have been sick for 1 year and 3 months. Either before you are sick for 68 weeks.

Self-insurer with UWV benefit

Check with your (ex) employer whether this is a “eigenrisicodrager’ (self-insurer) for the sickness benefit. ‘Eigenrisicodrager’ (self-insurer) means that the employer chooses to pay the sickness benefit to employees himself. The employer then partially takes over the role of UWV. The process regarding sickness and reintegration process is then provided by the employer. The employer remains responsible for current and former employees.
In the case of self-insurer status by the employer, you can ask the company doctor for a statement of company doctor.
Do you no longer have an employer? Then let the insurance doctor advise you about the early application.

WIA benefit amount

The amount of your benefit will depend on your last salary earned on your 1st day of sickness. For a WGA benefit, this is 70% of your salary at your last employer. With an IVA benefit this is 75% of your salary. It is the salary you earned in the position from which you became sick.
In addition, the disability % is also considered (=for how much you are not able to work). The UWV uses different disability %s. You can therefore be partially or completely not able to work. Finally, for the calculation of the WIA benefit, it is important whether you receive a WGA or IVA benefit.

WGA benefit

As mentioned earlier, the WGA benefit is intended for people who can work partially. Or be able to return to work in the future. The amount of the WGA benefit depends on which benefit you receive. There are 3 different benefits that fall under the WGA benefit:

  • Loongerelateerde uitkering (salary-related benefit)
  • Loonaanvullingsuitkering (you work besides the benefit)
  • Vervolguitkering (follow-up benefit: you earn less than 50% besides your benefit)

In the letter from the UWV you can read which of 3 benefits you will receive. In addition, the amount of the benefit depends on whether or not you work. It is true that you will be reduced in benefits if you work, but your total income will increase. So, working while on benefits pays off. Be careful if you receive benefits from the tax authorities. Then the total income will change and you may lose some of the tax benefits.

What is a ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit) from UWV?

You will receive this benefit at the start of the WGA benefit. As with unemployment benefits (WW-uitkering), the duration of the salary-related benefit depends on how many years you have worked. The condition is that you have worked at least 26 weeks of the last 36 weeks before you became sick. The salary-related benefit lasts at least 3 months.

Calculation of ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit) from UWV

Your monthly WIA benefit per month is calculated as follows: UWV looks at the average (sv-loon) salary in the year before your 1st day of sickness. The social security salary (sv-loon) of 12 months before the 1st day of sickness is added together and divided by 261 days. After that, the amount is multiplied by 21.75 days. The amount that comes out is your WIA monthly benefit.

What is social security salary (sv-loon) when calculating WIA benefit?

The SV salary (sv-loon) is the part of your salary on which the employer paid the premium. Your social security salary is used to calculate the amount of the benefit. Usually the SV salary is stated on your paycheck. If this is not the case, they will use your gross monthly salary (bruto), holiday allowance, shift allowance and end-of-year bonus or 13th month.
If you are not working, the salary-related benefit is 75% of the WIA monthly benefit for the first 2 months. From the third month, the salary-related benefit is 70% of your WIA monthly benefit.

Calculation of WIA benefit

Calculation of social security salary (sv-loon) for the amount of WIA benefit

You multiply your monthly (sv-loon) salary x12 months. The holiday allowance (VT) and year-end bonus or 13th month are paid once a year. Check your paycheck to see how much shift work allowance (ORT) you have received. Add everything together and divide by 261 days. Finally, multiply the amount by 21.75. This is your monthly WIA benefit.

Example: your monthly salary is: 1600 x12 months = 19200.
Your holiday allowance per year is: 1536.
19200 + 1536 = 20 736 social security salary
20736: 261 = 79.44 payout per day
79.44 × 21.75 = 1727.82 WIA benefit per month.
Sv salary are usually slightly less than the gross salary (bruto).

Calculation of ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related) UWV benefit

If you do work, the salary-related benefit for the first two months is 75% of the WIA monthly benefit, minus 75 % of the amount you now earn. From the third month onwards, the benefit is 70 % of the WIA monthly salary minus 70% of your income.
There is a maximum amount of benefits that you can receive. This amount is determined by law and is determined twice a year. If you were a millionaire before, you will never be awarded the same amount in benefit during a WIA benefit. This will always be lower.

WIA benefit and work

If you start working in addition to your ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit), this will affect your benefit. You can use the LGU calculation tool to see what the effect of working is.
When the salary-related benefit ends, there are 2 options:
loonaanvullingsuitkering benefit or vervolguitkering (follow-up) benefit.

What is a ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ (LAU) (salary supplementation benefit) from UWV?

The salary supplement benefit (LAU) looks at what you earn on the one hand and what you can earn according to the UWV labor expert on the other. You receive a salary supplement benefit (LAU) if you work and use more than 50 % of your earning capacity. You can get an LAU with 35% to 80% incapacity (=not able to work) for work. Finally, you can get an LAU with 80% to 100% disability. 80% to 100% means that you are not able to work at all and get the full benefit.

Loonaanvullingsuitkering (LAU) (salary supplementation benefit) at 35% to 80% incapacity for work (not able to work)

What means earning capacity?

The earning capacity is the amount that the labor expert (arbeidsdeskundige) of the UWV has calculated that you can still earn.

There are two options:
1. Earning between 50% and 100% by working of what you can earn according to the labor expert. Your benefit is 70% of your WIA monthly benefit minus 70% of the amount you could earn according to the UWV.
2. Earn 100% or more than what you can earn according to the labor expert. In that case, the benefit will be 70% of the WIA monthly benefit minus 70% of your actual earnings.

Loonaanvullingsuitkering (LAU) (salary supplementation benefit) with 80% to 100% disability

Is it expected that you are temporarily fully not able to work for work (80-100%)? UWV will then give you a WGA benefit for partially disabled people.
The difference with the LAU where you are 35% to 80% not able to work is that you do not have to work in addition to the benefit. In short, without income you still get an LAU.
Will the disability % change after a consultation or medical examination at the UWV? Has the disability % now become between 35 and 80%? Then there is an income requirement (earning more than 50% of the earning capacity) to receive an LAU.
If you do not meet the income requirement requested by UWV, you will fall back to the ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit) (VVU). This benefit is a lot lower. You will receive a ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit) if you can receive no or a lower income from work (less than 50%) in addition to your LAU that is less than 80% to 100%. Will the incapacity (=not able to work) for work % be lower than 35%? Then you do not receive the WIA benefit.

Calculation of ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ (salary supplementation) benefit from UWV

As with the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit), the WIA monthly benefit is calculated in the same way. The UWV looks at the average (sv-loon) salary’ in the year before your 1st day of sickness. The social security salary of 12 months before the 1st day of sickness is added together and divided by 261 days. After that, the amount is multiplied by 21.75 days. The amount that comes out is your WIA monthly benefit.

WIA benefit and work

If you start working in addition to your ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ ( salary supplementation benefit), this will affect your benefit. You can use the LAU calculation tool to see what the effect of working is.

What is a ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit) from UWV?

The ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit) is a % of the minimum salary in the Netherlands (Dutch law), in which the disability % (how much you are not able to work) is also taken into account. Usually you first receive a ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit). After that, you may receive either a ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ (salary supplement benefit) or the ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit). The letter from the UWV states which benefits you are going to receive.
If you receive a ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit), your monthly benefit will drop sharply compared to the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related) or ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering’ (salary supplement benefit). This is because the UWV is no longer based on your last-earned salary but on the minimum salary that is the same for anyone in the Netherlands. This makes it important to check whether you may receive other benefits again.

Calculation of ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit) from UWV

The amount of the ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit) depends on the degree of incapacity for work (how much you can’t work). This is calculated on the basis of for which % you are not able to work. The labor expert has determined the % of incapacity for work. The % you fall into can be seen in the letter from the UWV. If you earned less than the minimum salary in advance, the benefit will be calculated on the basis of your old salary.

The % are as follows:

  • 35 to 45 % not able to work: 28 % of the minimum salary
  • 45 to 55% not able to work: 35 % of the minimum salary
  • 55 to % not able to work: 42 % of the minimum salary
  • 65 to 80 % not able to work: 50.75 % of the minimum salary

WIA benefit and work

If you start working in addition to your ‘vervolguitkering’ (follow-up benefit), this will affect your benefit. You can use the VVU calculation tool to see what the effect of working is.

UWV benefit below minimum salary

It may be that in terms of monthly benefit you come below the minimum salary and are not able to pay all your expenses. Then apply for an allowance at the UWV. Maybe you may receive an extra amount in addition to your monthly benefit.

What is an IVA benefit from UWV?

An IVA benefit is for people who are completely and permanently not able to work. The UWV assumes that you will remain not able to work for work in the future. The IVA benefit amounts to at least 75% of the WIA monthly benefit. With an IVA benefit you do not have to deal with the % classes we covered before. You will therefore always receive at least 75% of the WIA monthly benefit. This % never changes and offers financial security.
Sometimes this benefit can be higher: up to a maximum of 100 % of the WIA monthly benefit. You will receive the benefit up to your state pension age if nothing changes to your health. Sometimes the UWV requests a new examination of your health condition, but this rarely happens.

Calculation of IVA benefit from UWV

The calculation of the IVA benefit is calculated in the same way as for the salary-related benefit. The UWV looks at the average (sv-loon) salary in the year before your 1st day of sickness. The social security salary of 12 months before the 1st day of sickness is added together and divided by 261 days. After that, the amount is multiplied by 21.75 days. The amount that comes out is your WIA monthly benefit.

WIA benefit and work

If you start working in addition to your IVA benefit, this will affect your benefit. You can use the IVA Calculation Tool to see what the effect of working is. However, volunteering does not affect the IVA benefit.
Sometimes an IVA benefit can already be applied for during the sickness benefit period. These are the 1st 2 years that you are sick before you apply for a WIA. You are then still employed by the employer. Unfortunately, this is a bad sign. This means that it is known early on that you will be completely not able to work forever.

Duration of WIA benefit

If you receive a WGA benefit, there is a maximum duration.
You will receive the IVA benefit up to your state pension age. With a WGA benefit you need to go to the insurance doctor from the UWV once a year normally to determine whether you are still not able to work. In addition, the earning capacity is regularly reviewed. The duration of the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit) is stated in the decision letter from the UWV.


Are you going to work during or after the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ (salary-related benefit)? Do you earn more than 65% of your old salary with this? Then you will receive a ‘loonaanvullingsuitkering ‘(salary supplementation benefit) or vervolguitkering (follow-up benefit) from then on up to a maximum of 1 year. This can also be less than a year. Sometimes you will no longer receive any benefit after the ‘loongerelateerde uitkering’ salary-related benefit.

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