Amsterdam crucial to Oracle’s European expansion

The American tech giant Oracle is to open a new office in Amsterdam, which will create around 400 new jobs.

Oracle currently has a well-established headquarters in Utrecht, but is expanding to Amsterdam to gain access to a broader workforce and to have a presence on the doorstep of some of the largest brands in Europe.

The move is part of a large expansion for Oracle, and it forms part of the company’s recruitment drive to hire 1,400 cloud sales professionals in its European locations in Amsterdam, Dublin, Malaga and Prague, as well as Cairo and Dubai in the Middle East. Amsterdam will be one of Oracle’s six EMEA Cloud Sales Centers.

Based in California, the Oracle Corporation is one of the world's largest technology companies, with annual revenue of about $38 billion and 135,000 employees worldwide.

Amsterdam the place to be

“It is an important location for us,” René van Stiphout, the CEO of Oracle Nederland, told the Dutch newspaper Het Parool (Dutch link). “Amsterdam is the place for young, talented and internationally oriented people, and it is a true European metropolis.” Though a location for the new office has not yet been decided upon, Van Stiphout said it would be in the centre of Amsterdam.

The Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, Kajsa Ollongren, was also present at the official announcement. “I am delighted Oracle is building such a significant sales operation in Amsterdam,” she said. In addition to its excellent IT infrastructure, another factor in favour of Amsterdam is the city’s highly educated and multilingual workforce. “We are committed to making Amsterdam one of the top three start-up hubs in Europe with our StartupAmsterdam initiative,” Ollongren said, “and attracting major names such as Oracle will help to enrich Amsterdam’s growing tech scene.”