Amsterdam is an old European capital city with a modern outlook. As such, it offers plenty of unique employment opportunities for internationals looking to develop their career.
With an abundance of major Dutch brands and more than 3,000 international companies in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, there's a wide variety of job options to explore in many different fields in the city.
Newcomers to the Netherlands are often surprised by the informal atmosphere and flexibility of the Dutch work environment. The standard work week is 40 hours, but many companies are open to flexible work hours, such as a four-day week. Around 180 nationalities make up the modern-day fabric of Amsterdam, so internationals have no trouble feeling at home in the city. English is prevalent and is the primary business language in a growing number of companies, so while it’s always recommended to learn Dutch, you can certainly get going in the city if you only speak English.
The renowned work-life balance and quality of life are key benefits of working in Amsterdam. For highly skilled migrants coming to the Netherlands to work, a major fiscal benefit is the 30% ruling tax advantage. It is only applicable to migrants who have an employment offer in place before moving to Amsterdam. Then there are organisations such as IN Amsterdam that help to lessen the administrative burden faced by highly skilled migrants, easing you into life in Amsterdam by providing information on housing, healthcare, education and other official matters. IN Amsterdam also offers a full support service for partners of people coming to work in Amsterdam.