How to get a job in the Netherlands

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

To get a job in the Netherlands, you can start from Indeed Netherlands and Marktplaats. You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in the Netherlands. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in the Netherlands. Everyone who wants to get a job in the Netherlands needs first to look for a job in 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. 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 the Netherlands and on how to get a work permit for the Netherlands.

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.

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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 a quarter of the population.

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 get a job in the Netherlands?

The first step in getting a job in the Netherlands is to look for a job in the Netherlands. Find out where to look for work in the Netherlands 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 the Netherlands without a job offer first.

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

How to find a job in the Netherlands?

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

Job websites in the Netherlands

Many job websites can help you find work in the Netherlands. 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 Rotterdam’ 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 the Hague” or “Mall in Utrecht” 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 the Netherlands or about jobs.

Indeed Netherlands is a very popular job website in the Netherlands. 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 is another popular job website in the Netherlands. It talks about salaries and careers as well.

Nationale Vacaturebank is another popular job website in the Netherlands.

Monster Board is a job website in the Netherlands.

Step Stone is another job website in the Netherlands.

More useful websites to get a job in the Netherlands

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

Marktplaats is a popular website for classifieds in the Netherlands.

Tweedehands is another website for classifieds in the Netherlands.

Trovit Netherlands is classifieds in the Netherlands. It has job listings in many cities.

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

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

Werkspot is for freelance and contract work.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in the Netherlands

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

is a Facebook group about jobs in the Netherlands. it’s a public group with over a hundred thousand members.

is another Facebook group about jobs in the Netherlands.

is another group about jobs in the Netherlands.

is another group about trade and jobs in the Netherlands.

is another group about jobs in the Netherlands.

is another group about jobs in the Netherlands.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups talking about jobs or the Netherlands.

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

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

Recruitment agencies in the Netherlands

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.
Undutchables focus on foreign workers.
Darwin recruitment does also IT and telecoms.
Rave recruitment is also ICT recruitment.

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 Rotterdam’ 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 the Netherlands, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in the Netherlands.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in the Netherlands

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 the Netherlands, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in the Netherlands.

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 the Netherlands

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

To find a job in the Netherlands 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 the Netherlands.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in the Netherlands

You can search for companies and local businesses in the Netherlands. 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 Utrecht’.

Walk around anywhere in the Netherlands for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in the Netherlands, 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 the Hague’. 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 ‘the Netherlands employment scheme’ or ‘the Netherlands employment program’.

Jobs in the Netherlands

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

High-skilled workers are in such high demand in the Netherlands that they can 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.


The above image shows somewhere in Utrecht, Netherlands. Photo by Midas Hofstra on Unsplash


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