Working and living in The Netherlands as an IT professional

Working in the Netherlands as an IT professional is rewarding and living standards are high.

The Netherlands consistently ranks among the top places in the world to live and work. The Netherlands is famed for its liberal social policies, maritime trading traditions, battles to hold back the sea, robust multiculturalism and leading technological community.

Living standards consistently rank high in the OECD’s Better Life Index and the Netherlands has the fourth best work-life balance combined with high levels of employment and personal wealth. The Dutch usually work a 36–40 hour week in their jobs, sometimes spread over just four days. Work in the Netherlands is well scheduled within organisations and most of it is done during normal working hours (ie. between 9am and 5pm)and, except at management level, employees are not expected to work overtime.

The combination of culture and quality of life make the Netherlands an attractive place for (IT) expats, who are an essential part of the country’s knowledge-based economy. In general, the Dutch are open, curious, educated, cultured and friendly. English is widely spoken, a survey by Education First ranks the Netherlands as first in the world for English proficiency as a second language. With so many international companies headquartered in the Netherlands, there are lots of employment opportunities / jobs.

Urban hubs that charm young starters, cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, offer all the luxuries of the good life with their famous café culture, international and ethnic restaurants, food centres, festivals, cool nightlife, shopping streets, art galleries and museums.

Attractive country for IT experts

The Netherlands provides a pretty good balance between a great tech scene and an affordable and safe living environment.

Globally, the most attractive criteria for Software development professionals to work and live are things like: salary levels, low living- and rent costs, vibrant start-up scene and tech community, work/life balance, internet speed and university quality. The Netherlands is among the best performing countries on all of these issues, making it a very attractive country for Software Engineers / IT professionals to move to and settle down.

Exciting Dutch cities to work in as an IT professional

Social life, family, enjoying life, practicing sports and exploring opportunities is what the Dutch do. You will never be alone, you will make new friends and join them doing sports and social events. Dutch people love to do things together and enjoy social life most of all. Almost everybody speaks English and some of them even Spanish, French or Italian. Everybody has access to fast internet and is connected.

And, like any urban hub attracting those well below middle age, cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam thrive on the luxuries of the good life such as a vibrant café culture and hip nightlife; a huge selection of shopping streets and eateries; as well as art galleries, museums and specialty stores.  The other bigger cities are fantastic as well – young, dynamic and increasingly international.


Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is a great place to live and work. Visit our page Amsterdam for more information.


The largest port of Europe can be found in Rotterdam. This modern city offers interesting career opportunities and is a comfortable place to live. Check out our page Rotterdam to learn more.


This high tech city in the south of the Netherlands is considered one of the most innovative cities in the country. Visit our page Eindhoven for more information about this city.

The Hague

The Dutch parliament and the Dutch royal family reside in this beautiful city alongside with various important international organisations. More information can be found on our page The Hague.


One of the biggest student cities in the centre of the country is Utrecht. A lot of international IT consultancy companies have their headquarters here. Visit our page Utrecht for more information on this city.