The figures in this article are largely based on information provided by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. To facilitate comparison between the various EU member states, Eurostat uses data which refer to full-time workers aged 23 years and older. The Netherlands is one of the very few countries with a separate (age-dependent) minimum wage.
The minimum wage in the Netherlands is age-dependent until the age of 23. Statistics Netherlands collects data on all full-time and part-time minimum wage earners. There are relatively many minimum wage earners in the young labour force. With 4 percent, the proportion of minimum wage earners according to Statistics Netherlands is indeed distinctly higher than according to Eurostat (2.2 percent).