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Working in the Netherlands

The local workforce in Netherlands is very well educated, multilingual and has rights that are heavily protected. Still the country enjoys a strong economy, low unemployment and can offer the foreign worker a variety of career options. There is a strong demand for workers with high skills. To attract them, the government of Netherlands offers several incentives. There is a fast-track immigration program for workers that have the skills in demand, and there is also a tax benefit scheme.

Work experience is regarded very highly in Netherlands. To help fresh graduates get the much sought after experience, Philips makes available international internships to graduates of all backgrounds. To get teaching experience there are programs for teaching English to children in place. Being able to speak Dutch is not a prerequisite for the teaching jobs. Engineering, business, science and technology internships are also possible. Short term employment plays a vital part helping to enter or advance in the Netherlands job market. Twenty eight percent of the people looking for work in Netherlands use temporary employment known as “spring boarding” as a way to gain permanent job.

Foreign workers who are not highly skilled, might have better luck of landing a job by looking for work in places like restaurants, retail, bars or teaching foreign languages. All non-European Union or EEA nationals have to get residence permit from the Dutch embassy in their respective countries before they can apply for a work permit. Such a work permit is employer specific, meaning if you change jobs, you will have to apply for a new permit.


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