Jobs in the Netherlands
Thanks to a substantial expansion in the renewables industry in the area, the Netherlands is quickly becoming a preferred location for international firms and contract employees.
With a population of 17 million people, a thriving economy, and one of the world's top quality-of-life rates, it's no wonder that many of our contractors are interested in working in this lovely region of the globe.
If you're thinking about taking the plunge and moving to a new country, here are some of the benefits of working in the Netherlands that can help you make your choice.
Work-life balance is important.
The Netherlands is known for its laid-back attitude toward labor. Aside from the flat geography and lovely environment, the Dutch have a great quality of life, with more than half of the population working part-time. You are only allowed to work a maximum of 60 hours a week by law, yet it is much more common to work 36 to 40. Holiday leave is substantial, and the Dutch are serious about maintaining a decent work-life balance, as evidenced by their third-place rating in the 2011 OECD work-life balance report. This means you'll have more time after work to accomplish the things you enjoy, such as visiting new places.
With a high life expectancy, decent water quality, and education, the Netherlands is also one of the finest countries to live in the world. According to the OECD, Dutch people are substantially happier in life than the worldwide average, with higher employment and earnings prospects, housing, education, health, and environmental standards than the global norm.
Major cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, are far smaller than London, providing superior air quality and easier access to the countryside, and the Dutch spend just 19 percent of their gross adjusted disposable income on home bills (below the OECD average of 21 percent ).
The business is expanding
The Dutch economy is both one of the most stable and one of the richest in the European Union. This, along with a favorable taxation structure and a central European position, has made the Netherlands particularly attractive to foreign businesses. The country is home to internationally recognized companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever, which has attracted a large number of foreign talent. As more businesses relocate to the area, the demand for qualified people in renewable energy, information technology, healthcare, and, most notably, engineering will only increase. The Netherlands is the place to go if you want to operate in a fast developing market.