Working in the Netherlands

Expats wanting to work in the Netherlands usually find employment before they arrive. Getting a Dutch work permit can be a tricky affair, since local companies have to prove there are no better local or EU candidates if they want to hire a foreign employee.

Dutch is the official language, while English, German and French are also widely spoken. Although many expats get by without Dutch, having a basic understanding of the language is a definite advantage for job seekers.

Job market in the Netherlands

Food processing, chemicals, retail, financial services, transport, gas and oil are among the largest industries in the Netherlands. Highly qualified expats with skills in these sectors are more likely to find employment, especially in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.

Dutch labour law protects employees and provides them with many benefits. For example, employees are entitled to 20 days of paid leave per year in addition to public holidays, and some companies offer more than this.

Finding a job in the Netherlands 

Networking is an important part of the job search. The Dutch take personal recommendations seriously, and it's often the best way to find a job. The internet is also a good resource for those who don't have a local network, and there are numerous job portals advertising vacant positions.