Talent in Amsterdam
The Amsterdam Area is home to a modern, productive, flexible, multilingual and internationally oriented workforce. Education levels are high: almost half of the city’s residents have a degree. In addition, the majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak English well (the Netherlands regularly scores highly in the EF English Proficiency for Companies survey, which evaluates English skills among the global workforce) and are often fluent in one or two languages on top of that. In addition to homegrown talent, Amsterdam attracts plenty of internationals because of its renowned work-life balance, lively cultural scene and high quality of life, which make it a popular city to relocate to.
Finding and hiring talent in Amsterdam
For companies looking to hire locally, there are various options for posting Amsterdam vacancies online. Social networking and online job sites are in frequent use in the Netherlands, too. Universities such as UvA and VU have study-specific job boards; you can explore opportunities by contacting their service desks. There are also a number of events and job fairs, for instance the annual ITEA for students, graduates and young talent and several fairs for expats and internationals.
Access to startup talent
Amsterdam is a European startup hub and its startup community abounds with young talent. Numerous tech and startup academies actively educate talent, and the startup community hosts a multitude of networking meetups and other events. For startups, the requirements for hiring highly skilled employees internationally have been eased, and international entrepreneurs can apply for a startup visa, which includes a residence and work permit for ambitious founders with a promising business idea.
In addition, there are various incentives and schemes for international employees and entrepreneurs. Highly skilled migrants – specialised employees coming to the Netherlands for a specific job – may qualify for a 30% tax ruling. The orientation year permit allows international graduates one year to find work in the country. There are also organisations – including IN Amsterdam – that help to lighten the administrative burden faced by internationals, as well as easing them into Amsterdam life with added information on housing, healthcare, education and other official matters. IN Amsterdam also has partners in the fields of recruitment (both local and international), employment and immigration law and related matters. In addition, there are numerous platforms designed to help with various aspects of recruiting, such as Welcome to NL, which companies can share with international talent they are approaching, and TOMAS, a platform for finding local tech talent.