Dutch firms seek expats close to home

26th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Companies based in the Netherlands favour expat applicants from neighbouring Belgium and Germany, a new survey has confirmed.

26 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Companies based in the Netherlands favour expat applicants from neighbouring Belgium and Germany, a new survey has confirmed.

The survey — carried out by online recruiting specialist StepStone — revealed 47 percent of HR managers in the Netherlands look for expat workers from Belgium, while 43 percent also recruit Germans.

Expats from the UK are also popular with Dutch-based companies: 34 percent of HR managers recruiting abroad have hired or considered people from Britain. The next most popular expat countries are the US and France (both 25 percent).

In contrast, only 8 percent of HR managers look to fellow Benelux country Luxembourg. Other English-speaking countries are also low on the list: Ireland (9 percent); Canada (8 percent); Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (6 percent). India is also on 6 percent, while the rest of Asia is at 9 percent.

More than 40 per cent of European companies recruit employees from foreign countries. StepStone said this trend shows that companies are looking at new ways to remain competitive on a national and international stage and to overcome a domestic shortage of specialists.

StepStone's survey of 2,171 HR managers also revealed that companies primarily look for foreign workers in neighbouring countries.

That occurs especially in Scandinavia. More than 70 percent of Norwegian HR managers recruit in Sweden and 50 percent look for staff in Denmark. Just 13 percent of Norwegian HR managers recruit in the Netherlands and 8 percent in Belgium.

"Companies primarily recruit in their neighbouring countries to avoid language differences and culture differences," StepStone's Jan Heiremans said.

"Only candidates from the United States and the United Kingdom are popular in all European countries because English is the official language in many companies."

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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