Working in IT as an expat
Are you an expat, or do you want to work as an expat? Personnel Search has +20 years of experience in recruiting expats for specialized IT jobs in the Netherlands. We unburden both organizations and the expats themselves during the relocation process, so that they can start their new job in the Netherlands smoothly.
This page provides information for people interested in working as an expat in IT in The Netherlands. Is your company looking to hire expats? Read more about expat recruitment.
Are there any requirements I must meet to work in the Netherlands as an expat?
That depends on your personal situation. If you live and were born within Europe, different requirements apply than if you live or come from outside the EU. In some cases you also need a work permit. Check the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service for more information about your specific situation.
Working as an IT professional in the Netherlands
If you want a job as an IT professional in the Netherlands, you can view our current vacancies for expats. These organizations are open to hiring expats for their vacant position(s). Is there something that fits your technical skills & experience? Great! Then you can apply by contacting the recruiter directly, or by filling in the form and uploading your CV.
The application process
Our recruiters will contact you to discuss the position, your knowledge and experience to see if there is a possible match. We then test your technical skills with an online assessment. If you succeed, we’ll introduce you to the client. The job interviews with the client are via video calls. Usually, 2 video calls are sufficient for the client to make a well-considered choice. The employment contract is drawn up and we start the relocation process.
Moving to the Netherlands – what do I need to do?
When emigrating to the Netherlands, there are several things that you have to take into account. Personnel Search can help you get a grip on this and arrange things for you if desired. If you want to move to the Netherlands, you need to find a home, obviously. You must also be registered with the municipality where you will be living. And you have to apply for a citizen service number (BSN). Other matters you need to arrange are opening a bank account and taking out (mandatory) insurance. Once you live in the Netherlands, you must declare your income tax to the Dutch tax authorities every year. Our accountant will help you with this the first time.
Cost of living in the Netherlands
The cost of living in the Netherlands is a bit higher than the European average. However, this highly depends on where you live in the Netherlands. Learn more about how (in)expensive it is to live in The Netherlands.
What you need to know about Dutch culture
The Dutch culture is known for its direct communication style, tolerance, and pragmatism. People in the Netherlands value personal freedom, equality, and a strong work ethic. They tend to be straightforward and open-minded, with a strong sense of community and social responsibility. Dutch people often bike or walk as their primary mode of transportation. They also have a rich cultural heritage, with famous Dutch artists like Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, and traditional events such as King's Day and Carnaval. Read more information about Dutch culture.
Is it necessary to learn Dutch?
It is not necessary to learn Dutch, but it would be very useful in your daily life outside of work. Most people in the Netherlands speak English quite well, so you should have no problem expressing yourself and discussing with coworkers in your new work environment. However, if the company feels it would be beneficial if you have some knowledge of the Dutch language, you might be required to take some Dutch classes, possibly sponsored by your employer.
Experiences of other expats from the IT sector
Do you want to know how other expats have experienced our guidance and help with the application and relocation process? For example, read how Jamie Vashagian found his current job as a Product Owner through us and moved from South Africa to the Netherlands. Or contact us if you want to speak to a recently placed expat.
Last but not least: moving to a different country can be challenging. If you’re thinking of relocating to the Netherlands for a job, it’s important to do your own research so you know what you’re getting into.
Have you already done your research and are you convinced the Netherlands is the place to be for you? You can check out our current expat vacancies in IT or fill in the form below, so we can get in touch with you.