Many opportunities exist in Holland for international job-seekers with the many international companies based here. Many employment agencies specialize in finding work for these international workers.
Employment websites include:
EURES: EU job mobility portal
Top Language Jobs – Netherlands
Monsterboard (in Dutch)
National Vacature Bank (in Dutch)
Newspaper job sections and company websites are also useful resources for vacancies.
Centre for Work and Income (Centrum voor Werk en Inkomen – CWI) the government agency dedicated matching people with jobs by advertising available work and helping to find employees, with vacancies also available to non-Dutch speakers.
Networking, such as to joining a social club or organization, is very useful for job hunting. Embassies have information regarding social events by community agencies and businesses.
It is common practice for jobseekers to use of recruitment agencies that exist for every industry and provides for international jobseekers. Strict labour regulations are in place for temporary workers who are well-protected by law.
Recruitment agencies for international workers include:
Adams Multilingual Recruitment
Blue Lynx Group
Unique Multilingual Services
These agencies list jobs in administration/secretarial, sales, marketing, IT, logistics, management, procurement, on part-time, temporary, project-based or permanent contracts. They also refer jobseekers to vacancies in more specialized industries.
It is more beneficial to register with many agencies as possible to increase your chance of finding a job.
Job agencies can offer coaching on interview techniques and conduct language and computer literacy tests. Advice and links to sources on topics such as relocation, housing and official documents are also sometimes provided.
Agencies do not apply for work permits for jobseekers but can do so for knowledge migrants who companies have agreed to employ.
Working for a recruiting agency
An employment agency uses the following ways to hire a worker on behalf of a business:
Direct placement: The new recruit starts working with a temporary or permanent contract and paid directly through the company payroll and following company policies.
Project work: The recruitment agency is the employer and a contract is agreed for a set period. The agency pays salary and travel expenses and is responsible to cover illness, vacation and social benefits.
Temporary contract (uitzenden): This very common offers both employer and employee greater flexibility. The recruitment agency is again the employer and responsible for salaries, travel and overtime payment and social benefits. The employee is paid for the hours they work.
Often a worker is initially employed on a temporary contract before being hired on a more permanent basis. This provides a trial period for the temporary worker, who can choose to leave any time while the employer is free to end the contract at any time up to 12 weeks. After that time, the notice period by the employer needs to be longer.