Labor Market

A Highly Skilled Talent Pool

The Netherlands is home to a highly skilled, productive, flexible and multilingual workforce. Ninety percent of the Dutch population is fluent in English—the primary business language in the Netherlands—and a higher percentage also speak German and French than their counterparts elsewhere.

A large proportion of the Dutch population is in the economically “active” age range (15-64 years) and the availability of skilled labor outpaces major competitors, including France, Italy, Luxembourg, the UK and Spain. The Dutch workforce also outranks many of its competitors when it comes to productivity, largely as a result of Holland’s high standard of education and training, pragmatic labor laws and and commitment to IT investment.

As an internationally oriented country, the Netherlands is also home to more than one million foreign workers and offers a “Highly Skilled Migrant Visa,” which allows companies to bring highly qualified expats to their Netherlands operations. Part-time and temporary labor is also readily available and flexible contracts are easy to negotiate compared with other countries.

Source: IMD WCY 2016 (Western European countries)

Source: IMD WCY 2014

Source: IMD WCY 2016 (Western European countries)

Source: IMD WCY 2016 (Western European countries)

Source: IMD WCY 2016 (Western European countries)

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