Work in Netherlands
The Netherlands is a very popular destination, expect friendly locals, pretty scenery, lively cities and a range of jobs. A lot of people are atttracted by cities like Amsterdam but there are seasonal work opportunities throughout the whole country. The Netherlands is small country compared to other in Europe but there are lots of places you could base yourself to seek out employment.
Jobs & Internships in Netherlands
A Guide to Working in the Netherlands
There are summer, winter and year round positions available to apply for in the Netherlands. Temporary jobs are very popular and the work available can be varied, you could work in a factory on a production line or in the farm and agriculture industry picking fruit like apples and pears from around April to October. You can register with websites and agencies in advance or seek out opportunities locally.
If you are looking for summer employment in Holland, there are holiday companies which operate campsites and resorts and this is a popular place to apply. International staff are hired at the beginning of the year to work at holiday parks making sure everything runs smoothly and the guests are happy. You might need to learn some basic Dutch to stand a good chance of getting employed as a campsite courier.
Working as an au-pair is very popular with Europeans and other Nationalities like Brazilians, no Dutch language is usually required and there are host families seeking staff all year round. Destinations can include The Hague and accommodation and meals are included although wages can be low. You will get though lots of free time to explore the country.
Best Places to Seek Employment
As an English speaker your best chance of getting work is in the larger towns and cities like:
- The Hague
- Almere Stad
How Easy is it to Get a Job
This really depends on what position you are looking for, there is a good education system in this country and so you will usually be competiting against locals and also other internaitonals.
Visa, Eligibility & Requirements
If you ara a citizen of an EEA country it is very easy to work in the Netherlands, you do not need a permit or any documents and you can arrive and seek out employment. Sometimes thought having a work document can be useful, some employers might as for this and also this is helpful if you want to open a bank account in the country. What we recommend is you apply for a residence permit, you will also need to register if you intend on staying for over 3 months.
Wages in the Netherlands are quite high for European standards but the cost of living is also high. Unless you have accommodation included in your work package, rent and housing is likely to take up a large proportion of your budget. The prices in the larger cities like Amsterdam are higher than the rest of the country. There is a minimum wage structure which currently stands at about €65 per day.
Top Tips for Working in Holland as a Foreigner
- There is a great transport network and you might want to rent a bike which is one of the local passions
- There are lots of cultural events happening in the Netherlands all year round
- If you are Polish and considering working in the Netherlands there is a newspaper and website specific for you - Popolsku
- There is also an excellent bus and train system connecting the whole country
Internships in Netherlands for English Speakers
Popular places to apply include:
- The Hague
- Almere Stad
Types of Internships Available
- Advertising, Marketing & PR
- Architecture and Interior Design
- Business & Consulting
- Hotels and Tourism
- International Trade
- IT & Graphic Design
- Law & Legal
- Media & Marketing
- Medical and Healthcare
- NGOs & Charities
Paid Internships in the Netherlands
Most interns in the Netherlands get some form of payment especially if you stay less than 6 months because then your internship provider can pay you tax free. Some companies also help with housing, transport and lunch costs.
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