Dual Career Support (DCS) can help you with finding your way to the labour market. We cannot guarantee that you will find a job. Dutch language requirements and limited availability of jobs for non-dutch speakers, ask for full-time dedication to find a job. However, it is not impossible and many of our partners have succeeded finding employment with the help of various resources. On this page you’ll read more about the Dutch job market. We’ll give you some tips and a list of websites that might come in handy during your job search.
Please note: Due to the measures against the spread of covid 19, the economic activities have slowed down in certain industries. However, high performance industries such as digital services, e-commerce and online services are still hiring. Remote and flexible working options might increase your chances to find work because commuting time is less important.
The Dutch job market
The northern part of Netherlands consists of three main provinces: Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. These three provinces belong to the least densely populated region in the country. The city Groningen is seen as the principal urban area in the north Netherlands and it is known for its service, innovation and knowledge development industries.
In terms of economic structure, these three provinces are seen as fairly well connected but each province has their emphasis on certain industries. Both provinces of Fryslân and Drenthe are well known for their tourism industry. The city Groningen and Assen remain to be the centers for various companies and institutions in public service and care. The town Leeuwarden is home for financial services and institutions. A large part of the labour market in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe consists of small and medium sized companies. Industrial activities are mainly situated in south-east Drenthe, eastern Groningen, around the Eemshaven port and in Fryslân. More information about the region you can find at EURES.
Although the unemployment rate is higher in the northern part of the Netherlands than in other regions, there is an increasing number of vacancies that need to be filled in, not only in technology and engineering, construction and IT sectors, but also transport and logistics, healthcare, and education.
The main language of the labour market in the Netherlands is Dutch, particularly in Groningen, Fryslân and Drenthe. Although big companies and institutions may have experience with hiring non-Dutch speakers, small and medium have less experience employing non-Dutch speakers. Be prepared that almost all vacancies are published in Dutch language.
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