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Employment in Amsterdam

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.

Take your next career step in Amsterdam

There is a wide variety of job options to explore in many different fields and a rich vein of Amsterdam companies and international businesses established here, all looking to grow and flourish by hiring top talents from around the world. As well as major Dutch brands, some 3,000 international companies are established in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and that number is increasing annually.

Amsterdam’s work culture

Newcomers to the Netherlands are often keen to comment on 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. There are some 180 nationalities that make up the modern-day fabric of Amsterdam so internationals have no trouble feeling at home here. English is as prevalent on the street as it is as the primary business language in a growing number of companies, so while it’s always recommended to learn Dutchyou can certainly get going in the city with English as your basis.

Special benefits of employment in Amsterdam

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. Please note that this 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 Amsterdam life with added information on housinghealthcareeducation and other official matters. IN Amsterdam also offers a full support service for partners of people coming to work in Amsterdam

Job fairs in Amsterdam

Amsterdamse Carriere Dagen job fair
Learn about the range of job fairs on offer in Amsterdam – a great way to meet potential employers.

Amsterdam salaries

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Find out what level of salaries to expect in Amsterdam with this handy list of salary ranges

Benefits of offering Dutch courses to employees

Edwin van Eis
Learn why organisations that offer Dutch courses to staff are seen as more likely to attract and retain employees.

Doing business with the Dutch

Get a headstart on business dealings in Amsterdam and the Netherlands with these handy tips.

Recruitment agencies in Amsterdam

Apps voor Amsterdam Hack de Overheid CC BY-SA 2.0 Sebastiaan ter Burg via Flickr
Browse a list of agencies that typically recruit for placements that do not require Dutch.

How to write your Dutch CV

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Get informed on the importance of writing a CV that is suitable for the Dutch recruitment process.

Finding employment in Amsterdam

Find a job in Amsterdam – a city where unemployment is low and there is a considerable demand for skilled labour.

Voluntary work in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has many opportunities for voluntary work – paid and unpaid – at charities and big companies.

Starting a business in Amsterdam

Startup Amsterdam
Get up to speed on the laws, procedures and taxation relevant to starting a business in the Netherlands.

Accompanying partners

Read the latest information and advice for the partners and families of international workers in the Netherlands.