Information on international companies in the Netherlands

Information on international companies in the Netherlands

Information on international companies in the Netherlands

Due to the comparably large number of jobs in the Netherlands, the local workforce is not sufficient to satisfy demand. Thus, English is the main business language in most international companies that are based in the Netherlands, which compete in a global business context and seek open-minded and diverse people.

What international companies look for

A higher educational background (a Master’s degree or a PhD) is considered a significant accomplishment and asset for (certain types of) jobs - 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. Candidates who perform well may be hired by (the same) companies as full-time employees right after or even during these programmes.

International companies in the Netherlands

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

Why do international companies choose 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.

International companies choose the Netherlands to set up their offices / European headquarters because 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 tax system that offers great economic incentives and the country's 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 Dutch cities like AmsterdamRotterdam, The Hague etc. This is not always true. Many international 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.

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