International and multilingual talent in Amsterdam

Amsterdam boasts a modern, productive, flexible and internationally oriented workforce. Education levels are high: the Dutch education system is widely renowned and Amsterdam’s higher education offering ranks among the world’s best. Almost half of the city’s residents have a degree: thousands of students graduate from Amsterdam’s top universities every year. In addition, the majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak English well and are often fluent in one or two languages on top of that. The Netherlands regularly scores highly in the EF English Proficiency for Companies survey, which evaluates English skills among the global workforce, coming first in 2016.

High quality of life

In addition to homegrown talent, Amsterdam attracts plenty of internationals to work in industries such as IT, creative, finance, life sciences and fashion. The renowned work-life balance, lively cultural scene and laid-back lifestyle are key benefits of working and living in Amsterdam, making it a popular place to relocate to.

Startup hub

Amsterdam is a European startup hub and its startup community abounds with young talent. There are over 180 nationalities in the city, with thousands of students, geeks, marketers, engineers and founders biking their way around the city, and numerous tech and startup academies where people educate and re-educate themselves. Learn more about recruiting for startups here.

Finding and hiring talent in Amsterdam

For companies looking to hire locally, there are various options for posting Amsterdam vacancies online. Vacancies specific to internationals find a home at I amsterdam’s job board. 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. 

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Recruiting international talent

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, and the startup visa includes a residence and work permit for ambitious entrepreneurs with a promising business idea. There are also organisations –  such as IN Amsterdam – that help to lighten the administrative burden faced by internationals, easing them into Amsterdam life with added information on housing, healthcare, education and other official matters.