Posting your vacancy online

Job openings or internships can be posted at job portals such as Dutch Startup Jobs. Vacancies specific to international applications can be added to I amsterdam’s job board. Find out how to get listed on the I amsterdam job board here. Universities such as UvA and VU have study-specific job boards that you can utilise, too.

LinkedIn is a highly used platform in the Dutch workforce, so it should not be underestimated in your recruitment process. It is recommended that you upload a company page on the site, where you can post vacancies and updates about your startup and work environment, creating engagement with your potential workforce. Take inspiration from Amsterdam scale-up Travelbird, which has over 15,000 followers on LinkedIn.

Recruiting from tech and startup academies

Thousands of students graduate from Amsterdam’s top universities every year. In addition, the city is home to an abundance of tech and startup academies, where people educate and re-educate themselves on all things ICT and startup related. Codaisseur, The Talent Institute and many others offer coding training, enabling you to tap into their newly created talent pool and grow your tech company to world domination.

Startup academies B. Startup School Amsterdam (BSSA) and Growth Tribe Academy train recent graduates to become the perfect match for any startup or a tech company. In addition, the programme organises matchmaking events between graduates and startups.

If your startup or scale-up could use some part-time help, be sure to sign up for StudiStartupJob. The platform, created by StudiJob and StartupAmsterdam, matches startups that need additional capacity to students who need part-time jobs relevant to their studies.

Legal matters regarding hiring talent

Are you growing faster than expected? Or do you simply want to form your startup's perfect team? To hire staff, you must first register as an employer, which results in you receiving a payroll tax number. Payroll tax consists of wage tax, social-security contributions and an income-dependent employer's health care contribution.

Discover more information on Answers for Business’ payroll tax page, which also outlines the regulations for foreign companies based in the Netherlands and 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 was 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 makes it more appealing for small businesses and startups to become a recognised sponsor, prompting them to 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 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.


Hiring freelancers can be a huge advantage for your business, as it provides the flexibility to scale up or down as need arises. If this sounds appealing to you, Amsterdam-based startup Jellow has built a platform on which startup teams can recommend and scout the best freelancers. Similarly, Fiverr and Upwork connect freelancers with entrepreneurs that need to get things done. This article by StartupDelta explains the Dutch hiring laws for working with freelancers.