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1. Posted by noopportun (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 21 May '08 12:17

noopportun has indicated that this thread is about Netherlands

how is employment in the netherlands

2. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member, 415 posts) 21 May '08 12:24

bit vague!

where are you from?
what is your profession?
do you speak dutch?

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru, 3377 posts) 21 May '08 12:32

not good if you don't speak Dutch.

4. Posted by bestmayo (Budding Member, 14 posts) 21 May '08 23:36

What kind of job do you mean?
For most jobs you need to speak Dutch.

But you can also do easy jobs if you don't speak dutch: pluck fruit, package jobs, washing up the dishes etc.

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member, 415 posts) 22 May '08 03:24

there are quite a few skilled jobs where you dont need to speak dutch - there are alot of international companies in NL, however you pretty much ahve to have a european passport to get them. if you dont have one, the company has to prove that you were a better candiate than any others in NL or the EU, and that they had the job advertsied for X amt of time and couldnt find anyone else better suited. alot of companies dont really bother...

www.undutchables.nl

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 22 May '08 03:50

Quoting bestmayo

What kind of job do you mean?
For most jobs you need to speak Dutch.

But you can also do easy jobs if you don't speak dutch: pluck fruit, package jobs, washing up the dishes etc.

We are not living in the seventies anymore
There are loads of job opportunities and from what I know and heard by others, there are lots of companies in the Netherlands where you can get jobs which actually requires skills. On my department there are severl well skilled people from poland who are architects or city planners.
I am not familiar how to search though, but there are way more options in many professions than this.

7. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member, 207 posts) 22 May '08 04:31

Jobhunting in the Netherlands is pointless, unless you're satisfied with poorly paid under-the-table or other crappy jobs! Spare yourself the waste of time and embarassment, and look for a job elsewhere!

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru, 2398 posts) 22 May '08 04:54

Unless you're a EU citizen ánd have some special skill to offer, trying to find a legal job in the Netherlands is pointless.

Illegal jobs are getting scarce these days, because the sectors in which it used to be most common (agriculture; cleaning; hospitality) have been brought under much stricter control of the authorities. What little half-legal/illegal work is left, you really don't want to do.

[ Edit: Edited on May 22, 2008, at 4:54 AM by bentivogli ]

9. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru, 5924 posts) 22 May '08 06:02

as a non dutch speaker living in the netherlands I have to say I found it very easy to get a job here.

It is something that can not be generalised. I had it easier as an EU passport holder and though I don't have a higher educational background I have a huge amount of experience in my field - analytical / financial / reporting... There are many of these jobs here in international companies where you do not need to speak the local language, but it does help if you want to know all the gossip ;)

There are many opportunities available besides the unskilled, they may not be exciting but there is a huge amount of call center, customer service and I.T. positions available here

I found my job via undutcables but here are some other websites if you can't find what you need:

www.englishlanguagejobs.com/
www.xpatjobs.com/
www.jobinamsterdam.com/

What type of job are you looking for ? Or is this just a general query?

[/quote]Jobhunting in the Netherlands is pointless, unless you're satisfied with poorly paid under-the-table or other crappy jobs! Spare yourself the waste of time and embarassment, and look for a job elsewhere!
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As we don't know where the person is from or what type of passport they hold, this is a bit exagerated....... the pay here is not the worst in Europe by a mile !!

10. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru, 768 posts) 22 May '08 06:52

Bar work is easy to find. A lot of bars even have signs in windows stating that you must speak english! A lot of the people working in bars especially around the RLD are english and dont speak any dutch at all.