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How to find jobs in Amsterdam

Looking for a job in Amsterdam? Find work in the Dutch capital by reading our guide to finding work in Amsterdam.

Jobs in Amsterdam

Updated 16-5-2024

Amsterdam is one of the most popular places for expats moving to the Netherlands. If you’re looking for work in the Dutch capital, you’ll also find no shortage of English-speaking jobs. In fact, with English an increasingly common business language in the city, it’s not always necessary to speak Dutch to find work.

That said, learning Dutch can greatly improve your chances of landing a job in Amsterdam, particularly in certain industries. To help you out on your job-hunting journey, this guide covers the following issues:


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Amsterdam jobs with international companies

There are numerous employment opportunities and jobs in Amsterdam for international jobseekers. Amsterdam is the financial and business center of the Netherlands and is home to more than 2,700 international companies, accounting for some 15% of overall jobs in Amsterdam. In 2021 alone, 133 foreign companies opened up offices in the city, and this number is likely to increase even more in the wake of Brexit.

There are also plenty of major employers attracted to Amsterdam across a wide range of sectors. This includes law, accountancy, finance, and technology. Additionally, with the Port of Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport (the third-largest cargo airport in the world), Amsterdam is considered one of the main gateways to the rest of Europe.

Popular business districts in Amsterdam

Many expats work in Amsterdam in the financial and business districts. The Zuidas (the financial mile) has more than 700 different companies including:

Office towers in the Zuidas in Amsterdam

There are many other popular business districts in Amsterdam, including Bijlmer, which has Amsterdam’s biggest shopping center, and the Rembrandt Tower.

International companies based in Amsterdam

Several international companies have their regional or global headquarters in or near Amsterdam. There are many companies offering jobs to expats in Amsterdam, such as:

Start-ups in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is also consolidating its position as Europe’s start-up capital. This has been aided by initiatives such as Techleap. This non-profit is the successor to StartupDelta and helps new businesses to access capital, talent, as well as other forms of local support.

As a matter of fact, Amsterdam was ranked the ninth-best city in the world for start-ups in 2019.

Work permits in Amsterdam

Dutch work permits and Dutch residency visas are closely linked and in some cases you will need to find work in Amsterdam before you can apply for any Dutch visa or permit. However, conditions apply depending on your nationality:

Where to find jobs in Amsterdam


The Public Employment Service in the Netherlands (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemers Verzekeringen – UWV) offers a range of jobs in Amsterdam as well as across the Netherlands. There are branches all over Amsterdam where you can find both permanent and temporary work in Amsterdam, as well as get advice and information to boost your job-hunting efforts. You can also browse their list of vacancies across the Netherlands (in Dutch).

Expat-friendly job sites in Amsterdam

For many expats, the first port of call when it comes to finding a job in Amsterdam is checking out local job websites. Not only might they help you find your next dream job, but they’ll also give you a good idea of the local job market conditions.

There are a number of job sites listing openings in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands and in many sectors popular with expats. These job sites include the following:

Recruitment agencies (uitzendbureaus)

Dutch companies commonly use recruitment agencies to publish both temporary and permanent jobs, and some recruitment agencies are dedicated to offering English-speaking jobs in Amsterdam and expat jobs in Amsterdam.

Kelly Services and Adecco are two agencies that have offices all over Amsterdam, where you can view vacancies online. These recruitment companies also have offices in Amsterdam:

Jobs in newspapers

Dutch-language newspapers tend to advertise only certain jobs in Amsterdam, for example, IT jobs in Amsterdam, but these are often senior positions within international companies.

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. You can also find many business networking groups in the Netherlands. Some Dutch jobs are filled by word-of-mouth, so business contacts can play an important role in finding work in Amsterdam.


Get in touch with like-minded people through online Meetup groups that arrange events in the city. There are hundreds of meet-up groups mainly based in and around Amsterdam that could prove useful when looking for work in Amsterdam. There are many, such as:

Teaching in Amsterdam

There isn’t a great demand for teaching English in Amsterdam because many Dutch people already speak well 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 ongoing training and support. Read even more about teaching abroad and teaching in the Netherlands.

Expat jobs in Amsterdam: International Job Fair

Expatica’s annual International Job Fair offers expat jobs in Amsterdam and English-speaking jobs in Amsterdam. The fair connects expats with prospective employers from a wide range of industries, including face-to-face meetings with multilingual recruiters as well as workshops to help you apply for Dutch jobs.

The 2020 fair will take place at the Beurs van Berlage on Sunday 4 October.

IN Amsterdam

IN Amsterdam, formerly known as the Amsterdam Expatcenter, is an initiative of the Dutch immigration office (IND). It offers advice to highly-skilled migrants and scientific researchers looking for expat careers in Amsterdam as well as around the Netherlands.

Located in the World Trade Center in Amsterdam Zuid, you can get even more information on a range of work-related topics including looking for work in Amsterdam, immigration procedures, as well as Dutch 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 and can, in fact, be a direct way to find work in Amsterdam.

You can also find a list of sponsor companies that have permission to hire highly-skilled migrants or check the Yellow Pages. You can read even more advice on putting together a Dutch-style CV and cover letter.

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