How to find a job in Amsterdam? A quick guide for everyone

To get a job in Amsterdam, you can start from Indeed in Amsterdam and IAmsterdam. You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Amsterdam. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Amsterdam. Everyone who wants to find a job in Amsterdam needs first to look for a job in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is in the North Holland region of the Netherlands.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in the Netherlands. Dutch citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. EU/EEA citizens and Swiss citizens also don’t need a work permit. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Or you can find a work visa scheme so you can come to the Netherlands without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in Amsterdam and on how to get a work permit for the Netherlands.

Most of the following websites or apps are in English or Dutch. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

How to find a job in Amsterdam?

You can find a job in Amsterdam by searching online for job opportunities in Amsterdam. You can find a job either with a company, with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

To find jobs in Amsterdam, you might also want to search for jobs in North Holland. That’s the region of Amsterdam.

Job websites in Amsterdam

Many job websites can help you find work in Amsterdam. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, ‘Construction worker in Amsterdam’ or ‘Babysitter in Amsterdam’. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Amsterdam” or “Mall in Amsterdam” for example.

Facebook groups can also be an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Amsterdam or about jobs.

Indeed Amsterdam is a very popular job website in Amsterdam. It is a good place to start looking for employment in any industry.

EURES is a job portal by the European Commission. it has the goal of facilitating free mobility within the European Economic Area.

Randstad in Amsterdam is another popular job website in Amsterdam. It talks about salaries and careers as well.

Nationale Vacaturebank in Amsterdam is another popular job website in Amsterdam.

IAmsterdam job search is a job website in Amsterdam.

Jobs in Amsterdam is another job website in Amsterdam.

More useful websites to get a job in Amsterdam

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Marktplaats is a popular website for classifieds in Amsterdam.

Trovit jobs North Holland is classifieds in Amsterdam, North Holland.

Tweedehands is another website for classifieds in the Netherlands.

Uwv is an official website that supports workers in the Netherlands.

Werk.nl is another official website that supports workers in the Netherlands.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Amsterdam

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Amsterdam. I found these groups about jobs in Amsterdam. You can look for more.

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You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about Amsterdam.

LinkedIn Netherlands is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Amsterdam.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Amsterdam. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Amsterdam.

How to get a job in Amsterdam?

The first step in getting a job in Amsterdam is to look for a job in Amsterdam. Find out where to look for work in Amsterdam in the sections below.

Dutch citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. If you are from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), that is EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway, or Switzerland, you do not need to obtain a work or residence visa in the Netherlands. You must, however, register with the Dutch authorities. In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit.

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of the Netherlands.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in the Netherlands already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get a work permit or a work visa for you.

You can also find a work visa scheme so you can come to Amsterdam without a job offer first.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

Recruitment agencies in Amsterdam

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

These are examples of some recruitment agencies in Amsterdam.
Undutchables focus on foreign workers.
Darwin recruitment does also IT and telecoms.
Rave recruitment is also ICT recruitment.
Adams Multilingual Recruitment specializes in placing non-Dutch speakers in jobs.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Amsterdam’ on Google Maps or any other map app. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Amsterdam, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Amsterdam.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Amsterdam

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.

These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.

These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.

If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Amsterdam’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Amsterdam, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Amsterdam.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Amsterdam

Form connections, ask around and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Amsterdam. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

To find a job in Amsterdam look at local newspapers, local bulletin boards, radio, and word of mouth. Local radio and newspapers are a good source of information about jobs in Amsterdam.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Amsterdam

You can search for companies and local businesses in Amsterdam. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Amsterdam’.

Walk around anywhere in Amsterdam for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in Amsterdam, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for ‘market near Amsterdam’. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Dutch residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for ‘Netherlands employment scheme’ or ‘Amsterdam employment program’.

What jobs are in demand in Amsterdam?

In Amsterdam, specialists in the following industries are in high demand:

  • Information technology and data science
  • finance
  • sciences of health and life
  • business
  • e-commerce
  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • education

How much salary is enough in Amsterdam?

While there is much Dutch employment accessible in Amsterdam, some industries are more important than others. The Netherlands is gradually gaining a reputation for its technology industry, and it has long been a global center for consumer products. In addition, Amsterdam is a center for the creative industries, advertising, gaming, fashion, research, and life sciences.

In general, salaries in Amsterdam are greater than those in the rest of the Netherlands. However, the expense of living is higher here as well.

These are the estimated average monthly salaries in Amsterdam. The amount of experience you have determines where your compensation offer falls inside the stated range.

An administrator can make 1,800­ to 3,300 Euros per month.
Marketing professionals may get 2,300 to 5,500 Euros per month.
Customer service representatives can get 2,300 to 3,700 Euros per month.


The above image shows somewhere in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo by Jilbert Ebrahimi on Unsplash