Jobs in Netherlands

If you are planning to immigrate across the channel to the Netherlands then you are more than likely going to need to find work to pay for your new life. The Netherlands is considered to be one of the strongest economies in Europe but unfortunately thanks to the Euro crisis it has been proven to be in a vulnerable position. The coming years are uncertain for the country. While not in as worse a state as many other European nations, the unresolved crisis is threatening to damage the Dutch job market. Currently unemployment is standing at 6.5%.

The difficulties

If emigrating from the UK you won’t have much trouble entering the Netherlands due to both countries being members of the European Union.

However, you are at an immediate disadvantage if you are looking for work and currently reside outside of the country due to the language barrier. Just like moving to another country that speaks a foreign language it is highly recommended that you put in the effort to learn. Unlike in France, many Dutch people speak English and the English have been warmly welcomed in the country for many years. You should still make an effort to learn Dutch as it will make fitting in easier and making jobs will require you to speak Dutch. In effect, without learning Dutch then it is highly likely that you will struggle in landing a job.

If you have learnt the language up to a basic level then you should be prepared to write your application letters by hand. Dutch companies tend to be quick in replying to applications and will take all received applications seriously. Dutch companies also have a good record for replying to applicants within 3 or 4 days and encourage applicants to call them if they take longer. A sharp contrast to UK companies who can be extremely rude and not reply at all to applicants.

Pay and conditions

Average wages in the Netherlands are average when compared to the rest of Europe.  They are better than those found in Spain and Italy but tend to be lower than UK and German pay. The average salary is from €25,000 to €30,000 a year. According to Dutch law workers are allowed to work 9 hours a day and 40hours a week. The working week is usually Monday to Friday, depending on the type of work. Also, there is a legal minimum of one day’s rest a week, normally Sunday. Normal hours are 09:00 to 18:00 with two 15 minute breaks and an hour and a half lunch break. Many people don’t take breaks, eat their lunch at their desk and then leave at 17:00 instead of at 18:00.

Workers also have the right to 4 weeks of paid holiday. There are very few national holidays so you get less extra days off then you would back home.

Top tips for finding work

  1. Learn the language!

2.    Be prepared to work in worse jobs than you’re used to.

3.    Make sure your C.V is hand written

4.    Have money in reserve, it may take a long time to find work.

5.    Consider working from home i.e. (online), it might be far easier than learning the language.

Finding work

The best way to find work in the Netherlands is to look in local newspapers and use the internet. Employment agencies are often used. It’s a good idea to take advantage of every possible contact that you have, from friends, colleagues and classmates. Even the most casual acquaintances can sometimes point you towards a potential job lead. Persistence and confidence are vital ingredients to a successful job search.