Work in Amsterdam


Is it difficult to find a job in Amsterdam? How to proceed? Find the answers to your queries in this article.

Amsterdam is quite open to foreign expertise. This fact is proven by the numerous international firms which have set up subsidiaries there over the years. Hence, foreigners worldwide move to Amsterdam every year in search of new career prospects as well as a different lifestyle in a new environment. However, you have to be ready and willing to work during flexible hours if you wish to be hired there.

 Good to know:

To date, Amsterdam's labor market has registered workers belonging to some 180 nationalities.


English is understood and spoken by most Dutch, but a minimum knowledge of Dutch is required to be hired there. Taking Dutch languages courses is highly advised.

Labor market

Since Amsterdam hosts many multinational companies, finding a job there should not be difficult for foreigners. Being an international city, the Dutch capital city has, to date, some 2,500 international companies’ subsidiaries and head offices which are easily accessible. Moreover, local authorities have set up a series of measures so as to continue to attract foreign investments through companies, as well as through entrepreneurship.


The average salary in the Netherlands was fixed at 1,485.60 euros as at the 1st January 2014. In Amsterdam, you can expect to earn an average of 1,505 euros net per month for a 40 hours working week.

Find a job

A good knowledge of Dutch will definitely be an advantage during your job search. But you can still check out English job offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. You may also register with a recruitment agency, which is free of charge. The UWV WERKbedrijf is here to help you and guide you through your job search. In fact, its agents will direct you to the best jobs matching your profile.

On the other hand, networking with the local expatriate community should be another important tool. Finally, you can send spontaneous job applications to international companies operating in Amsterdam. Make sure you have updated your resume and cover letter according to Dutch norms.

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