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1. Posted by punkrock23 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

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hi everyone.

Im a first time poster.

well i like to keep things short and sweet.

Im a 23 year old male living in NZ,im thinking of taking an year off in 2008,

I have an aunt in rotterdam who has offered me a place to stay.

so my question is what kind of work can i expect,im not too fussy,also what the pay rate for these sorts of work,im guessing farming,construction,factory etc..?

I have checked with my embassy,and there is an agreement between our countries so that ppl from NZ can come over legally and find work.

hope someone can help

have a good one!

2. Posted by Blikjesman (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Kia ora!

The payrate depends on the kind of work you're gonna do. There is a lot of callcenter jobs, you're in a big building with many people and you're trying to sell stuff over the phone. Maybe not the nicest job but it pays well, well over 10 euro per hour / 18 NZD. Another job that pays well is to work for an organisation that gets people to donate to charity. You walk on the street with a clipboard getting people interested to donate money to a certain charity fund.

During the spring there will be plenty of work available in the farming business. Payrates depend on age and how much work you have to do and the company that makes you their employee.

Payrates are generally a lot higher than wages in NZ. Is there already some kind of minimum youth rate in NZ? I remember a big demonstration in Auckland last year in june.

E noho ra!

3. Posted by punkrock23 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

thanks Blikjesman!!

that is pretti helpful,

yeah we had a big uproar over the minimum wage,its now to increased to
about NZD$11.45 i think...bit of a joke...but i think thats for another frum altogether..lol

also..good new is that i have a lot of IT./call center experience

bad news is that i dont speak dutch...

IF im correct a lot of people speak fluent english,so will this pose a problem for me at all?

thanks again!

4. Posted by Annet (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hi,

Even though a lot of people in the Netherlands speak English quite well, employers generally will prefer a person who speaks both Dutch and English. Any job where you're in a Dutch-speaking environment, addressing Dutch customers basically. But, fear not, there are plenty of exceptions :) There are jobs for native English speakers like yourself. Try this site, or google around for a few others by typing something like 'English speaking jobs Netherlands: http://www.undutchables.nl/

I'm Dutch myself, so I don't have any first-hand experience at trying to find an English-speaking job in this country. But I know there are plenty of folks from England, US, Oz, NZ who work here, not speaking Dutch. They're probably a better source of info then a Dutch speaker like myself.

Good luck and have fun in the Netherlands,
Annet

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Quoting punkrock23

I have checked with my embassy,and there is an agreement between our countries so that ppl from NZ can come over legally and find work.

I am very surprised to hear that; are you sure it isn't just for a limited number of sectors like IT and nursing, where the European labour market just cannot supply? If I were you, I'd check again before getting your hopes up...

Niels

6. Posted by punkrock23 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Quoting bentivogli

Quoting punkrock23

I have checked with my embassy,and there is an agreement between our countries so that ppl from NZ can come over legally and find work.

I am very surprised to hear that; are you sure it isn't just for a limited number of sectors like IT and nursing, where the European labour market just cannot supply? If I were you, I'd check again before getting your hopes up...

Niels

yes im very sure of this,as sure as theres night and day

7. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 7y

im pretty sure what youre looking at is a working holiday visa. you cant stay longer than a year, cant work for the same company for longer than 3 months, you get taxed down to hell! thts how the WHV works in australia anyway, and im an aussie living in the netherlands, and the WHV is apparently free (find that hard to believe!) but i know its an option for someone wanting to come over to NL to work.