UWV

You have to look hard on its website to find out that UWV stands for Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen. The organisation prefers to profile itself as ‘the office for reintegration [into the labour market] and temporary income’. The UWV decides whether you are eligible for unemployment, disability or sickness benefits, makes these payments and keeps an eye on the benefit funds. But to actually make your claim or find a new job, you have to visit a CWI, or centre for work and income.