Finding a job in Amsterdam
Find a job in Amsterdam with this list of job websites, recruitment agencies and job-hunting tips for finding work in the Netherlands' multicultural capital.
In addition to our complete guide to finding a job in the Netherlands, here are extra some tips tailored to those looking for jobs in Amsterdam.
Jobs in Amsterdam
There are lots of employment opportunities for international jobseekers in Amsterdam – if you know where to look for jobs. Amsterdam is the financial and business centre of the Netherlands, with more than 2,500 international companies (accounting for around 15 percent of the overall employment) based in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
There are numerous major employers in Amsterdam across a wide range of sectors: law, accountancy, banking, tax, design, environmental, digital technology, scientific, and logistics. Additionally, with the Port of Amsterdam and Schipol airport (the third largest cargo airport in the world), Amsterdam is considered as one of the main gateways to the rest of Europe and the world.
Many expats work in the financial and business districts. The Zuidas (‘the financial mile’) has around 400 different companies including Boston Consulting, Accenture and ING Group. Areas around the Amsterdam arena and Amstel railway station are also popular business locations, with large numbers of people employed in the Rembrandt tower and in Philips headquarters.
- EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are free to live and work in the Netherlands (although citizens of newer member countries, such as Croatia, will need to apply for a work permit for their first year).
- Non-EU/EEA/Swiss national may need to apply for a residence permit or obtain a work permit before they can start work in the Netherlands.
Finding a job in Amsterdam
Visit UWV WERKbedrijf, the Public Employment Service in the Netherlands. There are branches all over Amsterdam where you can find jobs both permanent and temporary, as well as get advice and information to boost your job-hunting efforts. You can also browse their list of vacancies online.
Recruitment agencies (uitzendbureaus)
Dutch companies use recruitment agencies for both temporary and permanent positions all the time. Kelly Services and Adecco are both agencies with offices all over Amsterdam, and you can view vacancies online. These recruitment companies also have offices in Amsterdam:
- Adam's Multilingual Recruitment
- Ardekay IT Recruitment
- Blue Lynx Employment
- Darwin Recruitment
- Hays Specialist Recruitment
- Madison Parker
- Michael Page International
- Top Language Jobs
- Octagon Professionals
- Page Personnel
- Rave recruitment
- Unique Multilingual Services
Dutch-language newspapers advertise some jobs but these are often senior positions within international companies. Read them for free at the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) the Amsterdam Public library or at the University of Amsterdam.
Otherwise, you can check online at the following sites:
Join a professional or business association
Seek out others with similar professional or business interests and attend events in Amsterdam.
- Amsterdam American Business Club – AABC is a professional networking club organising regular informal events around the city.
- JCI Amsterdam International – Junior Chamber International, a US association for young professionals 18–40.
- PWN Amsterdam and Connecting Women are both networking associations for professional women.
- Women’s Business Initiative – workshops, seminars and networking for women.
- French chamber of commerce – contacts and recruitment of French-speaking staff, based in Amsterdam.
Get in touch with like-minded people, through online meet-up groups that arrange events in the city. There are hundreds of meet-up groups mainly based in and around Amsterdam. Here are just a few:
- Appsterdam – for app makers.
- Freelance Fridays – creative, new media fashion, freelancers.
- Global BDN – Global Business Development Network for entrepreneurs.
- Hackers and Founders – techie start-ups.
- Online Tuesday – for those involved in marketing.
There isn’t a great demand for teaching English in Amsterdam because so many Dutch people already speak good English but there are opportunities for teaching advanced and business English, often to the many foreigners working here, and also for teachers of other languages. Teaching qualifications are not always required – Berlitz, for example, offers initial as well on-going training and support.
International Job Fair
Go to Expatica’s annual International Job Fair to meet prospective employers from a wide range of industries face-to-face, make contact with multilingual recruiters, take part in workshops and apply for jobs. The 2015 fairs, organised by Expatica in conjunction with Together Abroad, were held in Amsterdam at the World Trade Centre in May and in Beurs van Berlage in October.
Amsterdam’s Expatcenter, which is an initiative of the Dutch immigration office (IND), offers help and advice to highly skilled migrants and scientific researchers in the Netherlands. Located in the World Trade Centre in Amsterdam Zuid, you can get information on a range of work-related topics including looking for work, immigration procedures and employment law.
Take the lead
Find out which companies in your particular field are based in Amsterdam and write a speculative application. This is perfectly acceptable in the Netherlands. For advice on putting together a Dutch-style CV and covering letter, see here.
Finding a job in the Netherlands
Read our comprehensive guide to finding a job in the Netherlands for tips on job-hunting across the whole country, including information on the Dutch employment market, work permits, work culture, and where to look.
Once you’ve found a job, we offer specialised tips and advice on how to apply for a job in the Netherlands, including how to put together a Dutch-style CV and cover letter, as well as what to expect (and how to behave) in a job interview to meet the expectations of your potential Dutch employer.
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