Building your first team in the Netherlands
Set yourself up for success, by taking advantage of our knowledge, experience and network to establish and develop your first team in the Netherlands!
Why the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is a vibrant, internationally-focused hub known for its high proficiency in English and multilingualism, making it a prime location for foreign companies to establish their presence. Its strategic location provides easy access to major European markets, and its robust digital infrastructure supports innovative businesses. Furthermore, the Dutch business culture encourages transparency, collaboration, and a balanced work-life, attracting top talent from around the world.
Essential information to know when expanding your business to the Netherlands
• 90% of the workforce is fluent in English.
• Around 50% of employees work part-time
• A 40 hour week is considered a full-time work week
• Wages are paid out monthly
• Corporate tax rates are 15%, 36.8% or 61.8%, depending on taxable income
• The standard VAT is 21%
In the Netherlands, candidates are used to a certain standard which is often superior to those in other countries.
• minimum 20 holiday days (40h workweek / year)
• 8% holiday allowance
• unlimited sick leave
• 16 weeks maternity leave
• 25 holiday days
• Commute allowance
• Remote / hybrid working
• Home office budget
• Extra holiday days / ADV days
• Pets in the office
• Gym subscriptions
• Team outings
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In 2023 the minimum hourly wage rates for employees aged between 22 and 65 are:
• 36 hours: €12.40
• 38 hours: €11.75
• 40 hours: €11.16
The required minimum salary is lower for younger workers.
The average salary is €40 000 gross yearly or €3 333 gross per month, although, this differs per industry, years of experience, specific skills, etc.
Find out more about average salaries here.
• People respect a healthy work-life-balance
• Generally, the workplace in the Netherlands is rather informal
• Most people are use to a company structure with flat hierarchies
• Dutch people in the workplace communicate in a direct manner
• People in densely populated areas like Amsterdam, Rotterdam or the Hague have a very international mindset
• People in the Netherlands are more reserved and value their privacy
Resources to get you started
Benefits of working with Adams
Expertise in the Dutch market
With 26 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the local business landscape, we have a strong network of highly skilled professionals in the Netherlands.
We will work closely with you to understand your business objectives, company culture, and specific skill requirements. This ensures a better alignment between candidates and job vacancies, leading to successful placements.
Our team is highly international and specialised in different industries, providing clients with deep expertise and insights into their respective fields.
We prioritise clear and timely communication and we will answer all questions you might have about expanding to the Netherlands. We work at the pace that you prefer and can provide suitable candidates very quickly
Your partner in the expansion
We will help you take your first steps as a business in the Netherlands and our commitment to your success doesn’t start and end with successful placements. We offer continuous support and guidance before, during, and after the recruitment process is over.
Companies we have helped
“Foodello launched in the Netherlands in February 2022, this being our first new market after our home market Finland. We reduce food waste by selling surplus groceries with high discounts through online stores. During the last 6 months, we have built an amazing local team of 8 people in Amsterdam including Procurement, Marketing, and Customer Service specialists. A successful launch wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing local team and the critical help of Adams Multilingual Recruitment in building this team.”
– Juhani Järvensivu, CEO
Let’s make your expansion to the Netherlands a success!
Let us know about your future endeavours in the Netherlands. We can discuss how to establish a team for you that will ensure your business goals will be met. On a working day, we will answer within 2-3h.
Fill out the form or give us a call at +31 (0) 20 5800 340