How to get a job in the Netherlands? A quick guide for foreigners and Dutch residents

In the Netherlands, there are numerous job prospects for foreigners. ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell Group, Unilever, Philips, and Heineken are just a few of the many worldwide and multinational corporations that call the Netherlands home. There are many recruitment organizations in the Netherlands that specialize in placing foreign workers in positions.

The Netherlands has a very stable economy, which is bolstered by a large amount of foreign investment aided by favorable tax policies. The country also features a diversified, well-educated population, with foreign or ethnic minorities accounting for over 24% of the population.

How to get a job in the Netherlands?

Expatica job openings

On Expatica Positions, you’ll find a continuously changing range of jobs in sales, IT, and other industries in Amsterdam, other major Dutch cities, and throughout the Netherlands, both English-speaking and multi-language.


If you’re from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you can use the EURES (European Employment Services) website to look for jobs in the Netherlands. EURES is a job portal network run by the European Commission with the goal of facilitating free mobility within the European Economic Area.

Websites for job postings

Many businesses post job openings directly with recruiting agencies (see below), which have vast databases of employment websites in the Netherlands. Some positions, however, can also be located on online job boards, such as:

Recruiting companies

Recruitment agencies are used by many Dutch businesses to locate employees, and it is a frequent approach to find jobs in the Netherlands. You can go to an agency in person, but there are many online recruitment companies as well.

Job websites of specialist job agencies:

Jobs  in the Netherlands

  • High-skilled workers are in such high demand in the Netherlands that they must go through a special immigration process. For some international employees, there are further tax benefits (the 30% tax ruling).
  • Engineers, those with technical capabilities, IT specialists, those in finance, as well as professionals with sales, marketing, and customer service experience, make up this group.
  • Professionals and graduates working in health care, tax, interim management, and education are also in high demand in the Netherlands.

You can view the industries with the most openings, as well as openings in government and education.

Visas for work in the Netherlands

If you are from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA – 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. Learn about the procedure for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals wishing to relocate to the Netherlands.

If you’re from another country, your employer will almost certainly require a work permit as well as a residency permit.