Dutch businesses embrace change

The company’s study was conducted among more than 2600 employees across the globe and highlights the attractiveness of the Dutch workforce. In the study titled 'Adapt to survive' adaptability is measured as the ability of employers to invest in existing employees, equipping them with the necessary skills and motivating them to adapt to meet new challenges on the one hand, and the willingness of employees to embrace change and apply their skills in new fields on the other.

The Netherlands tops the table

Researching these two factors resulted in a talent adaptability score. Dutch employees achieved the highest score worldwide, followed by the United Kingdom, which came second, and Canada (third). A high adaptability score has a direct effect on productivity: PwC notes that countries with the most adaptable talent base are more efficient and productive.

Multilingual workforce

The study illustrates the attractiveness of the Dutch workforce and the large pool of talent in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, where 80% of the workforce speak English, making Amsterdam the largest Anglophone city in continental Europe. In addition, 90% of the workforce speak two or more languages.

Competitive labour costs

Furthermore, labour costs in the Netherlands are quite low when compared to several other urban regions in Western Europe. The social contribution rate that employers are required to pay is low (12.5%). And the Netherlands also offer the most attractive labour costs and performance incentives in comparison to the UK, Belgium and Germany, according to a competitiveness benchmark for head office activities by Ernst & Young’s International Location Advisory Services.