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Top Professions Through Which Foreigners Can Move to the Netherlands With a Work Visa

Top Professions Through Which Foreigners Can Move to the Netherlands With a Work Visa

The Netherlands currently has around 200,000 open job vacancies, according to the latest data by the European Labour Authority (EURES).

Among the main sectors that have vacancies to fill in are information technology, management, engineering, healthcare, and logistics, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

With a current unemployment rate of 3.5 per cent, deemed historically low by the EU Commission, the Netherlands is still facing labour shortages.

The Dutch labour market continues to be tight, with vacancies exceeding the number of unemployed persons, and several sectors experiencing labour shortages.

European Commission

The 15 occupational groups experiencing the most constrained labour markets in the fourth quarter of 2022 include:

  1. Databank and network specialists
  2. Software and application developers
  3. Retail and wholesale managers
  4. Electrical engineers
  5. Machine fitters
  6. Specialist nurses
  7. Engineers (other than electrical)
  8. Industry and construction production managers
  9. Transport planners and logistics workers
  10. Military occupations
  11. Electricians and electronics mechanics
  12. Nurses (senior secondary vocational education (MBO) level)
  13. Financial specialists and economists
  14.  Auto mechanics
  15. Laboratory technicians

In addition to that, the Employee Insurance Agency (UWE) have noted that occupations like education, industry, technology, IT, transport and logistics have been among promising professions for years now.

Promising professions include occupations that provide job seekers with higher opportunities to get a job. The demand for personnel in these fields surpasses the supply of job seekers.

According to the UWE, new promising professions have been added this year, such as:

  • Collection officers
  • Schedulers and personnel planners
  • Inland shipping skippers
  • Fashion sales staff (clothing and shoes)
  • Communications advisors

This implies that foreigners that belong or are able to work within the above-mentioned occupations, may have a higher chance of getting a work visa in the Netherlands.

However, to obtain a Dutch work visa, first, individuals must have an employment contract with a Dutch employer and earn at least the minimum wage set for employees over 23. In addition, the employer must demonstrate that the position could not be filled by a Dutch or other EU/EEA national.

Citizens of an EU or EEA country or from Switzerland don’t need a work visa to get a job in the Netherlands. Although, if they intend to stay in this country for more than four months, they must obtain a Citizen Service Number.

What Level of Education Should You Have in Order to Work in the Netherlands?

Different professions require different levels of education, and individuals who intend to apply for a job in the Netherlands must read the requirements of that specific job.

However, according to UWE, for occupations such as police officers, opticians, tax advisors or online marketers, applicants must have more knowledge, higher education or specific training.

Meanwhile, for job occupations such as traffic controller, kitchen assistant, catering staff, drugstore sales associate, and customer contact employees, little or no specific experience is required.

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