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Work in the Netherlands

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Fast facts

Surface area: 41,530 km²
Population: 17 Million
Largest cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Utrecht, Eindhoven
Unemployment rate: 5.1% (Mar 2011)

Average Costs

50 m² flat: €600 - 700 per month
Loaf of bread: €1.20
Cinema: €8.50
Meal in a local restaurant: €15

Where are the jobs?

Finance
Tourism
Chemicals
Technology

Major Dutch companies

KPMG International - banking/finance
Unilever - personal care
Makro - retail
Kruidvat - pharmaceuticals
Heineken NV - beverages

Tips and advice

- You could try international companies first, by networking with employees at home. Alternatively, send out a speculative CV or email to HR.
- Temping is becoming increasingly more common in the Netherlands, with many large recruiters looking to temporary staff for more permanent roles. 
- Although English is widely spoken, you should still try and practice your Dutch skills before applying, as employers look favourably upon candidates who show willing. 

Dutch job sites

Monsterboard
Expatica 
Undutchables
Manpower

For more tailored information and help, visit eures.europa.eu
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