General information & International companies in the Netherlands

The numerous international companies that are based in the Netherlands compete in a global business context and seek open-minded and diverse people.

Due to the comparably large number of jobs in the Netherlands, the local workforce is not sufficient to satisfy demand and English is the main business language in most big companies. However, it should be stressed that many companies consider speaking Dutch a plus.

A master’s degree is not a standard requirement. In fact, you will probably find that prior work experience is higher on a job's list of requirements than a postgraduate degree. Nevertheless, obtaining a Master’s degree or a PhD is considered a significant accomplishment and asset for (certain types of) jobs.

In a nutshell, a higher educational background combined with prior work experience will definitely increase your chances of finding a job in the Netherlands.

The Dutch usually start working from an early age either as interns or in part-time jobs. Internships and graduate programmes are offered by many companies, which typically do not require prior professional experience.

As a rule, candidates who perform well are hired by (the same) companies as full-time employees right after or even during these programmes.

International companies in the Netherlands

International companies such as Shell, Phillips, Heineken, Unilever, KLM, ING, Tom Tom and BAAN were not only founded by Dutch people but are also headquartered in the Netherlands.

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Take a look at our list of international companies and recruitment agencies in the Netherlands that are looking for expatriates, along with links to their current open positions.

Why do international companies choose the Netherlands to set up their offices / European headquarters? Well, the answer is very straightforward: the Dutch working environment is very open, multicultural and business-oriented, and the country can proudly boast one of the most stable economies in Europe.

Also, an abundance of multi-skilled expatriates, a corporate taxation system that offers great economic incentives and the country's nerve-centre geographic location have established the Netherlands as an ideal destination for many industries.

Finally, one might think that most firms are concentrated in the main industrial cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This is not always true. Lots of companies are situated in city suburbs or in specific regions, which means working in the Netherlands often entails commuting to and from work each day. Nevertheless, this rarely proves a great disincentive, as travel distances are not that long and transportation is extremely reliable, accessible and easy to use.

The Netherlands: biggest tax haven for Fortune 500 companies

Just as the Netherlands is revealed as the world's largest tax haven for US multinationals, EU announces an investigation into Starbucks' Dutch operations.

Huge increase in international companies setting up in the Netherlands

A record increase in the number of international companies setting up in the Netherlands with hundreds of new companies creating thousands of new jobs.

Record number of jobs in the Netherlands created by foreign investment

New statistics show that the number of jobs created in the Netherlands by foreign investment rose by 60 per cent last year.

More international companies set up in Amsterdam in 2013

Last year the Amsterdam region attracted over 100 new international businesses wanting to establish themselves in Europe.

Netherlands in top 10 countries for doing business

The Netherlands has been rated as one of the best places in the world for business friendliness.

The Netherlands a popular choice for new multinationals

Multinationals set up headquarters in the Netherlands due to its favorable legal and financial environment, and because it is seen as netural territory.

Foreign companies in the Netherlands more likely to survive

Foreign-controlled companies in the Netherlands are more likely to survive than Dutch ones, which increase their chances if they trade with foreign partners.

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