Live and work in the Netherlands

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Latest available jobs in the Netherlands

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German Emergency Service Representative – Amsterdam (hybrid remote)
The Netherlands

Do you speak German and do you have experience in emergency services? And do you want to boost your career with a job abroad? Then we have a job ready for you in Amsterdam! Contact us now.

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Danish Customer Support for Big Computer Brand – Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Join our support team as a customer service specialist in Amsterdam for one of the world's largest online travel providers. Full training and career growth opportunities provided, with a gross monthly salary of €2,149 and the option to work from home in Holland. Responsibilities include handling user inquiries and acting as a liaison with accommodation providers and customers.

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Swedish Team Leader – Amsterdam
The Netherlands

We are an international service company seeking a Team Leader in Amsterdam. Responsibilities include overseeing a team, monitoring performance, providing coaching, and driving exceptional customer service. Fluent in Swedish and English required. Work-from-home option available.

Currency

The Euro (€) has been the official currency in the Netherlands since 1991

Famous people

Some famous Dutch people are Vincent van Gogh, Anne Frank, DJ Martin Garrix

Population

The Netherlands has ~17.5 million, residents, many living in Amsterdam

Typical food

Pea soup, pancakes, stroopwafels, thick Dutch fries, apple pie and raw herring

Avg. working week

The Netherlands has a 36-40 hour work week, 7-8 hours daily, 5 days a week

Location

The Netherlands is situated between Belgium and Germany in Western Europe, and with access to the North Sea

Languages

The official language is Dutch, and they use the Latin script

Healthcare

Dutch healthcare is ranked high on a global scale. Health insurance is self-paid

All you need to know about living and working in the Netherlands

Geographically, the Netherlands is very special because part of the northern Netherlands is below sea level and is therefore protected by dikes, dams and pumping stations. The people of the country have roots in many parts of the world, and especially the big cities are diverse and full of international life and atmosphere. You will quickly experience this if you choose to work in the Netherlands.

Work in the Netherlands

To be able to work and get paid in the Netherlands, you must register at your local municipal/citizen service office upon arrival. You must also have a bank account and health insurance – and then you are ready. Growing sectors in the Dutch labour market include energy, IT, health, logistics, and various service sectors.

The Dutch work life provides good opportunities to work from home, having flexible working hours, etc. The unemployment rate is among the lowest in Europe at 3.2% in 2019. A normal work week is typically 36-40 hours, and in several places the hours can be spread over just four days. It is usually only managers who can expect to work additional hours. The income tax is set to start at 36.55% and increases with higher salaries.

Work in Amsterdam

Holland is probably best known for its largest city, Amsterdam. It’s one of the world’s most famous cycling cities, and with its many canals and atmospheric streets, it is also a popular destination. Amsterdam has also been repeatedly voted one of the world’s most innovative cities and one of the best cities to live in. Culturally, the city offers both the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, and it is one of Europe’s most important trading cities. There are many jobs to apply for, where you don’t need to speak Dutch. Amsterdam is leading the way for employment. With really low unemployment rates, this port city has a lot to offer for expats, with more than 50% of the population coming from abroad. The leading fields in the job market of Amsterdam are tech, marketing, communications, engineering, and sales. So if you want to start your career in some of these areas, you should definitely consider Amsterdam.

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Life in the Netherlands

Canals, dikes, clogs and tulips. Things you often find on postcards from Holland, but which are nowhere near telling the whole story of the beautiful, cycling-loving country. The Netherlands offers many job opportunities in an international work environment. Especially knowledgeable employees in medicine, technology, IT and marketing are in demand.

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Basic facts about the Netherlands 

The Netherlands is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of 12 provinces in Western Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. The part we know as the Netherlands borders Belgium and Germany and also has a long coastline towards the North Sea. The Netherlands is – with the exception of a few small states – the most densely populated country in Europe. An area of 43,000 square kilometres houses a population of 17 million people.

Many people associate the Netherlands with beautiful tulip fields and tourists make pilgrimages to Holland from near and far to see them. The country’s relatively mild coastal climate provides optimal growing conditions for the flowers. The Dutch wind turbines are also a well-known landmark, which has functioned both for grinding grain and as pump turbines in low-lying areas. 

Taste the Dutch specialties

Dutch cuisine is dominated by slightly heavy and very filling dishes. Popular ingredients are potatoes, cabbage and various types of sausage. However, you will also find quite a few more spicy dishes whose ingredients were introduced into the country during the colonial era and have since become a regular part of Dutch cuisine. If you are looking for something for the sweet tooth, try the Dutch waffles called stroopwafels. A freshly baked waffle smeared with caramel syrup.

How to find housing and work in the Netherlands

As an EU citizen you do not need a work and residence permit. Instead, focus on finding a place to live and a job in the Netherlands – and that is easier said than done. Due to the dense population there is rift about both jobs and apartments and you should start your search well in advance. Regarding jobs, you may be better off if you ally yourself with an international recruitment agency. You can read reports from graduates who have found jobs through Job Squad, HERE.

Regarding housing there are many opportunities to have a thorough look at from home. Facebook groups for expats in the Netherlands can be a great place to start, just as you can search on local housing portals.

Where to learn Dutch

Even though it isn’t necessary to learn Dutch to get a good job in the Netherlands, it is definitely recommendable if you plan to make a living in this country. Prices for Dutch courses vary from €290 – €340 per week, however HERE you can find more alternatives to learn Dutch. And you can also find several language apps for your phone for free!

Still not convinced about the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is a hub for international work environments and they lead the way for the future. So if you want to enter a well-organised labour market in a country that has a very special geography and a population with an international outlook – this is a perfect match. In the big cities, you get real big city feelings with lots of fast-paced living and exciting job opportunities. And just a little drive outside of the big city you will find relaxing spots and proximity to the sea.

Other than that it is definitely worth mentioning King’s Day, which is celebrated the 27th of April every year. The Dutch people as well as tourists dress up in orange and celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. It’s a national holiday and the streets are packed with lots of music, dancing, flea markets and fairs. It’s a huge deal and a must to attend – one huge orange open party.

FAQ

No, as an EU citizen, you generally do not need a work visa to work in the Netherlands. EU citizens have the right to freedom of movement within the European Union, including the right to work in any EU member state without a work permit.

However, there are some requirements and procedures that you need to follow when working in the Netherlands as an EU citizen. These include:

  1. Registering with the local municipality: Within a certain period after your arrival in the Netherlands, usually within four months, you need to register at the municipality where you will be residing. This registration process is known as “gemeentelijke basisadministratie persoonsgegevens” (GBA) or “personal records database.”

  2. Obtaining a citizen service number (BSN): Once you register at the municipality, you will receive a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer or BSN). This number is essential for various administrative and employment-related processes in the Netherlands, such as opening a bank account and signing an employment contract.

  3. Showing proof of identity: When working in the Netherlands, you need to carry a valid identification document, such as a passport or national identity card, to prove your identity and EU citizenship.

  4. Adhering to employment regulations: While there is freedom of movement for EU citizens, you still need to comply with Dutch employment regulations. This includes following labor laws, paying taxes and social security contributions, and having the necessary qualifications or permits required for specific professions (if applicable).

It’s important to note that even though EU citizens have the right to work in the Netherlands without a work visa, there may be additional requirements for certain professions or specific circumstances. It’s advisable to check the specific requirements and regulations related to your situation and consult with the Dutch immigration authorities or seek professional advice if needed.

It is not necessary to learn Dutch in order to land a job in The Netherlands, but if you plan to make a living in this country we recommend you to start learning the language properly. Prices for dutch courses varies from €290 – €340 per week, however HERE you can find more alternatives to learn dutch.

Since The Netherlands is situated in a temperate zone it has chilly winters (mean temperature of 3°C) and mild summers (mean temperatures of 17°C). It’s also worth mentioning that the coastal parts have more hours of sunshine compared to the inland regions.

The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces in total but the country is commonly referred to as “Holland”. The two provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland together is what Holland consists of, whereas the 12 provinces together are the Netherlands. Dutch people often refer to The Netherlands as Holland because it is simply more well-known.

If you’re just moving around the city or in nearby areas most people people use bikes, buses and in some cities metro and tram. For longer distances  train is recommended.

As mentioned above healthcare is self-paid in the Netherlands. It is financed by a combination of social security contributuins, mandatory health insurance, and other fees. These other fees are deductible in the sence that you pay some of the amount first and then the insurance provider pays the rest.You can read more about their healthcare system by clicking here.

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