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8 steps to get jobs in the Netherlands from India: Tips and strategies

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The Netherlands' strong economy, good salaries and high standard of living make it a great place to live and work. 

There are numerous opportunities for Indians in the Netherlands. According to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, there will be around 1 lakh job vacancies for foreigners in the Netherlands in 2022.

Industries related to technology, healthcare, engineering, education and business services are in high demand in the Netherlands for foreign workers.

Netherlands being a small populated country relies on foreign workers to fill important jobs.

This blog post will outline how to get a job in the Netherlands from India, including tips on getting your qualifications recognized, learning Dutch, applying for a Netherlands work visa from India, Jobs in demand in the Netherlands and their average Salaries for Indians, and networking with people in the Netherlands.

How to get a job in the Netherlands from India?

1. Research About Netherlands Job Market:

The first step to getting a job in the Netherlands from India is to do your research about the Netherlands job market. Know about the Dutch job market and the jobs and industries that are in high demand in the Netherlands. 

Know about the requirements and skills most employers are looking for and upgrade yourself. You can find this information on websites such as the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce.

 Jobs in demand in the Netherlands for Indians

  1. Software Engineer: €75,000
  2. Data Scientist: €65,000
  3. Cloud Engineer: €60,000
  4. Product Manager: €55,000
  5. Project Manager: €50,000
  6. Business Analyst: €45,000
  7. Quality Assurance Engineer: €40,000
  8. Network Engineer: €35,000
  9. System Administrator: €30,000
  10. Customer Support Engineer: €25,000

Know about the Challenges of the Netherlands job market:

The Netherlands job market is open to Indians, but below are some of the challenges most foreigners looking to work in Netherlands might face. They are:

1. Dutch employers may not be familiar with Indian education qualifications. Your transcripts and certificates must be translated and assessed by approved Dutch authorities.

2. One more challenge is that most people communicate in the Dutch language, so it is important to learn and have good fluency in Dutch to blend into Dutch society.

2. Getting your educational qualifications recognized:

After knowing about the Dutch job market and its challenges, you need to get your qualifications recognised i.e. have your transcripts translated and assessed by an approved Dutch authority. Know more about how to get your qualification recognized on the official website of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

3. Learning Dutch Language:

Dutch is the official language spoken by most of the majority of the people in the Netherlands. So, it is important to learn by using online resources and have a good level of fluency to blend into Dutch society.

4.  Networking with People in the Netherlands:

Once you have your educational qualifications recognized and you have learnt Dutch, you can start networking with people in the Netherlands by connecting with people on professional sites like Linkedin who are working in the Netherlands. You can also contact the Dutch Chambers of Commerce and trade offices in India for assistance.

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5.  Resume and Cover letter preparation:

Prepare a resume as per the Netherlands' job market standards. Add relevant keywords, skills, experience and and tailor your resume and cover letter to each job you apply for. 

6.  Applying for jobs in the Netherlands

Register your profile on various top job portals and start searching for jobs. Below are some of the top Netherlands job search sites

Top 10 job search sites to apply for jobs in the Netherlands from India:

  1. Indeed (nl.indeed.com)
  2. Monster (monster.nl)
  3. StepStone (stepstone.nl)
  4. LinkedIn (linkedin.com)
  5. Nationale Vacaturebank (nationalevacaturebank.nl)
  6. Werk.nl (werk.nl)
  7. YoungCapital (youngcapital.nl)
  8. Randstad (randstad.nl)
  9. Reed (reed.nl)
  10. Careerbuilder (careerbuilder.nl)

Once you have found some job openings that you are interested in, you need to start applying. You should also prepare for job interviews by practising answering common interview questions.

7. Applying for the Work Visa

Once you have accepted a job offer, you will need to start applying for a work visa. 

The most commonly applied work visa for Indians who have gotten a job in the Netherlands is the Highly Skilled Migrant (HSM) visa. HSM visa is for highly skilled workers who have a valid job offer from an approved Dutch employer. The HSM visa allows you to live and work in the Netherlands for up to 5 years.

How to apply for a Netherlands Work Visa from India?

The application process will vary depending on the type of Netherlands work visa you are applying for, but there are some common steps that you need to follow:

  • Fill out a visa application form: You can find the visa application form on the website of the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
  • Collect and organize the required supporting documents:  supporting documents required may vary depending on the type of Netherlands work visa you are applying for but may include:
    • Valid Indian passport
    • A passport-sized photo
    • A photocopy of your job offer letter from Netherlands Employer
    • A copy of your higher educational qualifications
    • document of your medical examination results 
    • document of your police clearance certificate (PCC)
  •   Pay the visa application fee: The visa application fee varies depending on the type of Netherlands work visa you are applying for.
  •  Next, Submit your application to the Dutch embassy or consulate in the country of your residence.

Once you have submitted your Netherlands work visa application, it will be processed by the Dutch embassy or consulate. If your visa application is approved, you will be issued a work visa.

8. Moving to the Netherlands:

After getting the work visa and before you move to the Netherlands, it is important to find accommodation. You can find accommodation on websites such as Funda and Pararius or you can contact your employer, any friend or relative who is working in the Netherlands.

You should also open a bank account in the Netherlands Bank. You will need a Dutch bank account to receive your salary.

Finally, it is important to learn about Dutch culture, customs and traditions and common laws and regulations. This will help you to adjust to your new life in the Netherlands. You can learn about Dutch culture by reading books and articles, watching Dutch movies and TV shows, and talking to Dutch people.


Getting a job in the Netherlands from India can be challenging, but it is possible to get one with careful planning and preparation. By following the tips in this blog post, you can increase your chances of success.

Frequently Asked Question and Answers (FAQs)

What are the benefits of working in the Netherlands?

There are many benefits to working in the Netherlands, including:

  • Salaries in the Netherlands are generally high, compared to salaries in India.
  • Good working conditions: Dutch employers should provide their employees with good working conditions, including paid vacation and sick leave.
  • Strong social safety net that protects employees in the event of unemployment or illness.
  • The Netherlands has a good quality of life, with excellent infrastructure and healthcare.

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