Introducing Blue Clue: the Dutch payroll experts

Welcome to our first Blue Clue blog and this exclusive interview with our Founder, Ton Krol.

Q: What inspired you to set up Blue Clue?

My background is in economics and finance. While studying Fiscal Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, I did some modules on taxation. That sparked my interest in a career as a tax adviser.

I started work with Baker Tilly and then moved to PwC. Working with a "Big Four" firm was a fantastic experience but I have a strong entrepreneurial streak. I knew that, one day, I would run my own business.

In 1997, I joined a medium-sized accountancy firm in Amsterdam and established their international tax practice. After running that for over 10 years, I took the plunge in 2011 and set up my own firm, Blue Clue Tax Solutions. Having worked extensively with international companies and expats wanting to live, work and do business in the Netherlands, I was convinced I could provide all the payroll services and advice they needed.

Q: How do you see the future of recruitment in the Netherlands?

The Dutch economy is currently very healthy and the recruitment sector is buoyant. We talk to many international companies and recruitment agencies and there is a big demand for people with marketable skills, particularly in IT, engineering and FinTech. Many are looking for experienced freelancers and consultants to work on specific projects and flexible contracts.

Q: Is outsourcing payroll a common practice?

Yes, very much so. We work with several recruitment companies who simply do not have the resources, or desire, to manage all the payroll administration themselves. It makes a lot of sense to outsource such a specialist service, not least in reducing risk and stress. It allows the recruitment consultants to focus on engaging with their pool of candidates, meeting their targets and adding value to the business.

Q: How does it improve risk management?

Most recruiters recognise that if they rely on a single employee to handle contractors’ payroll they are in a highly vulnerable position if that person leaves or is absent. Payroll structures or scenarios can get quite complicated when you’re dealing with international markets, so it makes sense to have a wealth of experience at your disposal. That means someone with knowledge of all the ins and outs of payroll-related tax laws and latest government legislation.

It’s also one less thing to worry about

Payroll mistakes are upsetting and stressful for everyone. But, an expert payroll provider will have finely-tuned checking procedures. There’s a lot to be said for the peace of mind this brings if you’re placing large numbers of independent contractors with different companies. No headaches, no hassles, no stress, no worries: you’re free to focus on running your recruitment business.

Q: What’s special about Blue Clue’s service for recruitment companies?

We recognise that recruiters are under a lot of time pressure. They have to act quickly to meet the demands of their clients and candidates. That’s why we are always highly responsive.

In particular, we have developed an instant salary calculator for freelance and contract workers in the Netherlands. It allows recruiters to input the candidate’s name, day rate and number of contracted days. Almost immediately, they will get a personalised net salary notification to send to the candidate.

This is a valuable service much appreciated by all the recruiters we work with. It means your candidates know exactly how much they will be paid after any deductions due in the Dutch tax and social security system. There are no nasty surprises.

Thank you, Ton.

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