Work in Rotterdam


How to find accommodation in Rotterdam? Here is some useful information and advice on the steps to follow.

If you intend to search for a job in Rotterdam, it is best to be aware of its current economic situation and of its labor market's requirements. In fact, this city, which is one of the Netherlands' major cities, has a very dynamic economy, involving both the active and non-active population. Rotterdam is known to be an international city mainly due to the 23,000 companies it hosts, as well as the world's biggest sea port.

Moreover, the country's biggest petrol refining center is found in Rotterdam, not to mention a greatly developed chemical industry. Hence, finding a job there should not be a difficult task for a qualified foreigner.

Labor market

Rotterdam has the country's highest unemployment rate, that is 10%. In fact, for a few years, Rotterdam's active population is required to serve the local municipality for at least 8 hours a week in order to discourage them from leading an idle life. This was quite publicized, particularly on the internet. However, the city offers various professional opportunities to qualified foreigners.

Hence, you are likely to be hired in the following fields provided you have the required expertise: professional sports, chemical industry, transport and distribution, finance, web development, information and communication technology, tourism and hospitality, catering, etc.

Find a job

If you are working for an international company, you can more easily ask for a transfer to Rotterdam in case it has a subsidiary there. Otherwise, you can check out job offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. Word of mouth may also help if you have a contact network in the city.

Given the number of international firms operating in Rotterdam, consider sending spontaneous applications. You might be lucky. Finally, registering with a recruitment agency or with the UWV Werkbedrijf will help you find a job matching your profile more easily.

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