Employment for Expats


Expats are an essential component of the Dutch workforce. Expat Survival Guide assists you in your first essential steps in The Netherlands; including all about “Employment for Expats”.


It’s always good to know that..:


  • The Dutch workforce is internationally oriented, highly educated and multilingual.


  • Unemployment is very low at this moment.


  • Demand for highly skilled workers remains high, and incentives for international employees include the 30 percent ruling tax benefit.


  • While it always helps to learn the language when settling in a new country – and will certainly do your job prospects no harm – you don’t necessarily need to be a fluent Dutch speaker to secure a role in the Netherlands.


  • There are no work restrictions for students who are EU/EEA/Swiss nationals.


  • It is standard practice to get extra wages as a ‘holiday allowance’ plus four weeks of paid leave.


  • It is common practice in the Netherlands for a fulltime employee to be entitled to approximately 25 holiday days per year in addition to Dutch public holidays.


  • Many international companies have headquarters in the Netherlands.



You can find the following subchapters & information about “Employment for Expats” in Expat Survival Guide 2024:


  • Work permit conditions
  • Applying for a work permit
  • Highly skilled migrants
  • Self-employed/entrepreneurs
  • Dutch American Friendship Treaty
  • Students
  • Working holiday schemes
  • Changing jobs
  • Contracts and employment law
  • Social Security
  • Voluntary work
  • Job hunting
  • Skills in demand
  • Cultural competency
  • Working with Agencies
  • The interview process
  • Culturally correct CVs


At “I am not a Tourist”, we’re passionate about helping expats thrive. Whether you’re brand new to the Netherlands or you’ve been here for a while, we’re here to help you make the most of your expat experience.


ENJOY living, working and studying in the Netherlands!


You can find all the necessary information about “Employment for Expats” in Expat Survival Guide 2024!