Posting your vacancy online

Job openings or internships can be posted at job portals such as Dutch Startup Jobs or tech IT job board Dice. Vacancies specific to internationals are re-directed to I amsterdam’s job board; you can find out how to directly add your vacancy here. Universities such as UvA and VU have study-specific job boards; you can explore opportunities by contacting their service desks.

Among the Dutch workforce, LinkedIn is a highly used platform that should not be underestimated in your recruitment process. You should have a company page on LinkedIn where you post vacancies and updates about your company and work environment to create engagement with your potential workforce (take inspiration from Amsterdam scale-up Travelbird, which has over 13,000 followers on LinkedIn).

Recruiting from tech and startup academies

Thousands of students graduate from Amsterdam’s top universities every year. There is an abundance of tech and startup academies where people educate and re-educate themselves. Codaisseur, New York Design and Coding Academy, The Talent Institute and more train a workforce that can code and grow your tech company to world domination.

Startup academies B. Startup School Amsterdam (BSSA) and the Growth Tribe Academy invite startups to provide trainee and intern positions for pupils. In addition, they organise matchmaking events for graduates and startup teams. Find out more about how your team can work with BSSA and Growth Tribe Academy.

Legal matters regarding hiring talent

Are you growing faster than expected, or do you need to form the perfect team? To hire staff, you need to register as an employer so you can receive a payroll tax number. Payroll tax consists of wage tax, social security contributions and an income-dependent employer's health care contribution.

Find more information on Answers for Business’ payroll tax page, which is also concerned with the regulations for foreign companies based in the Netherlands. Answers for Business provides useful step-by-step guides on employing staff and outsourcing work. 

International talent

If you want to attract specialised employees from abroad, often referred to as highly skilled migrants, the Netherlands specifies that you need to acquire the status of recognised sponsor. Highly skilled migrants can follow a simplified procedure for acquiring work and residence permits. As of 1 January 2017, the administration fee for becoming a recognised sponsor will be reduced from €5,183 to €2,592 for small businesses and startups with fewer than 50 employees – a saving of €2,591. This policy change not only makes it easier, but it is also more appealing for small businesses and startups to become a recognised sponsor and actively reach out to international talent.

The 30% ruling can give an extra incentive for internationals to come work for you. From a tax perspective, the ruling means that the salary agreed upon between the employee and employer will be reduced by 30%. In return, the employee should receive a 30% allowance as reimbursement for expenses. For more information, read our article on the 30% ruling.


Another tip given by startups is to hire freelancers, as this will provide the flexibility to scale up or down as need arises. This article by StartupDelta explains the Dutch hiring rules for working with freelancers. Also, Amsterdam-based startup Jellow has built a platform where startup teams can recommend and scout the best freelancers.