Source: IBM Global Location Trends 2015 report
Source: IBM Global Location Trends 2015 report

The Netherlands as a whole has also experienced an upward trend; this year has seen a record 10,500 jobs created as a result of foreign investment. In addition, the Netherlands scores highly in terms of attracting high-value foreign investment, coming sixth in the world in the respective rankings. The most significant countries of origin for these investments this year are the United States and Germany; the most significant sectors being tourism and ICT.

IBM Plant Locations International researches investment projects around the world. The Global Location Trends report involves registering investment projects in cities around the world that have created more than 10 jobs. “To a large extent, urban agglomerations – not countries – shape the value propositions of locations,” according to the group. With more people, and thus skills, concentrating in cities, urban areas are increasingly becoming the driving forces of national economies and the preferred destinations for companies to locate their facilities.

Download the IBM Global Location Trends 2015 report.