Most In Demand Jobs in The Netherlands

Looking for a new adventure? The Netherlands is looking for skilled people from all over the world to combat skill shortages in a variety of industries. 🌐 Read more about the most in-demand jobs in the Netherlands in 2024 and resources to explore your next career move in the Netherlands. 🇳🇱 💼

What Kinds of Jobs Are Available?

In 2024, there will be lots of new jobs in the Netherlands. You can find work in technology, construction, hospitality, transportation, logistics, finance, healthcare, engineering, cleaning, and customer service. The best part? You don’t always need a college degree for these jobs. If you have the right experience or skills, there are many opportunities for you.

How to Work in the Netherlands?

There are two main types of categories for work visas:

1) For Highly Skilled Migrants: This is for people who have specific skills that are needed in the Netherlands. You need a job offer with a work contract and reach the salary threshold to gain this type of visa among other requirements.

2) For Graduates (Orientation Year Visa): If you’ve finished your studies, this visa gives you a year to find a job in the Netherlands.

What Jobs Are Needed?

1) Tech Jobs: There’s a big need for people who can code, work with data, protect against cyber attacks, manage IT projects, and have skills in cloud computing.

2) Healthcare Jobs: Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers are in high demand. Jobs in hospitals and healthcare can pay well.

3) Skilled Trades: Jobs like carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work need more skilled workers. If you have the right skills and are offered a job from a recognized employer, you might be eligible for the Highly Skilled Migrant Program (HSMP). The visa application process if usually sponsored by the employer and allows for a combined residence and work permit, which is linked to the duration of your employment contract. 

Tip: Keep in mind that some jobs require proficiency in the Dutch language – especially within the healthcare and teaching sector.

Where to find skill shortage jobs and trades in Netherlands 2024?

If you’re searching for opportunities in sectors facing skill shortages in the Netherlands, explore these key resources:

Key Governmental Resources:

  • UWV (Dutch Unemployment Agency): Features a dedicated section for “Vacancies with high labour market tensions,” showcasing sought-after positions across various fields. For further details, visit the UWV website.
  • Offers insights into sought-after roles and careers with long-term prospects, including a “Job Market Monitor” that tracks employment trends and areas of shortage. Discover more at
  • EURES Netherlands: A component of a broader European initiative aimed at facilitating job search efforts within the EU, concentrating on industries experiencing a scarcity of skilled labor. For additional information, visit EURES Netherlands.

Specialized Resources for Specific Fields:

  • TechLeap: Targets the Dutch technology sector, providing a platform for tech job listings and events catered to IT professionals. Check out TechLeap for more.
  • DutchTechScene: Delivers updates and job openings related to the Dutch technology landscape. Find out more by visiting DutchTechScene.
  • Buildbase: Focuses on roles in construction and engineering within the Netherlands, offering access to the latest job vacancies in these sectors. To explore construction-related opportunities, visit Buildbase.

Companies Hiring Internationally in the Netherlands

Below is a list of prominent companies that have received Recognized Sponsorship status from the IND (The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service) to hire foreign skilled talent: 



3) Adecco

4) AkzoNobel

5) Alpha FX Group


7) Coolblue

8) DSM

9) Experis

10) Heineken

11) Hilton

12) ING

13) Infosys Limited

14) Jefferson Frank

15) ManpowerGroup

16) Optiver

17) Orange Quarter

18) Philips

19) Picnic

20) Randstad

21) Robert Half

22) Shell

23) Stafide

24) Tripaneer

25) USG People

26) Unilever


If you’re looking for a job and interested in moving to the Netherlands, there might be opportunities waiting for you. Whether you’re a tech genius, a healthcare hero, or a master of trades, the Netherlands might be the perfect place for your next career move.

Are you relocating to the Netherlands? Reach out to to see how we can support your move, settling in, and house search in the Netherlands. 

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