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Setting up relocation budget

Best practices for managing relocation budget and costs

By | Corporate support

Relocating an employee requires a lot of organization from your company. Your employee might need to sell their house, or get a temporary house in their new home country, for example. All these responsibilities result in inevitable costs and setting up a relocation budget quickly becomes a necessity. In this blog, we will share best practices for doing this.

Employee relocation budget

Employee relocation expenses — what to expect

No one likes unpleasant surprises. That’s why you want to be prepared for the costs that come with relocating an employee. Before setting up a budget, you need to bring all the foreseen expenses together so that you have an overview of what to expect. When listing employee relocation expenses, you will have to keep at least the following in mind:

  • Accommodation – including selling or buying a house, finding a potential temporary home to rent etc.
  • Moving goods – moving furniture can be very expensive, this is something to keep in mind when budgeting
  • Travel – the move itself will cost money as well, think of plane tickets, extra fees for a travelling pet, rental car etc.

If you are looking for ways to reduce employee relocation costs, head over to our blog post on how to go about this. 

Setting up a relocation budget at the right time

When it comes to relocation, timing is everything, and the same goes for setting up a relocation budget. If you’re not prepared when you’re extending the offer to your employee, they might decide they don’t want to relocate for your company. Asking someone to leave their safe environment behind is not trivial and acknowledging that is crucial. That’s why the timing of setting up a relocation needs to be around the same time your employee receives the opportunity to relocate. 

This is especially important when you’re making use of a relocation company like Jimble. The reason for this is that we can take care of any concerns or questions your employee might have. After all, a lot will change, so naturally your staff will want to be reassured. When you use Jimble, you and your employee will be content knowing that everything is taken care of. In this way, your employee can ease into the new location, which means better performance for your company.

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Why starting a business in Amsterdam is the next best thing

By | Corporate support

Not only is Amsterdam one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it also has a thriving startup ecosystem. The city is exploding with entrepreneurs that have an innovative drive and ambition. Together they are growing the combined value of Amsterdam’s tech ecosystem every day. Your business can be part of that if you decide to relocate to Amsterdam.

Make your business an Amsterdam HQ

The fact that Amsterdam has become the home of many startups and entrepreneurs is evident in the expansion of its tech ecosystem. In 2015, the value was €10 billion, whereas in 2020 it had grown to a whopping €73 billion. This makes Amsterdam one of the best startup ecosystems in Europe. If that alone isn’t enough reason to convince you to start a business in Amsterdam, it’s also a hotspot for investors. Investors in Amsterdam have loads of experience and are willing to double down on investments they think are worth investing in.

Why your international company will prosper in Amsterdam

Next to the rapidly increasing tech ecosystem, Amsterdam as a city is also ideal for international companies. During the day, an average habitant of Amsterdam will speak more English than Dutch due to the international nature of the city. This makes the city incredibly welcoming for international talent, as most Dutch people are proficient in English. For this reason, Amsterdam attracts internationals. This is highly beneficial for your business, as you want your employees to feel at home when you relocate them. 

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When you reach the stage where relocating your staff becomes necessary, you will need to arrange a number of things. Think about organizing accommodation, moving goods and overall logistics. Because arranging everything requires a lot of your time and energy, it can be helpful to use a relocation service provider like Jimble. Not only do we help your employees move to the Netherlands, we offer additional expat services like moving and logistics, settling-in services and integration services.  

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Our top 5 best cities to work in the Netherlands

By | Expats

The Netherlands is becoming more and more one of the top destinations for expats, and this comes as no surprise when you think that the Netherlands is ranked #5 of the happiest countries in the world in 2021, based on Forbes.

Quality of life, work-life balance as well as the presence of many international companies that choose the Netherlands as their European headquarters, are some of the reasons why this country has become such a popular destination for expats. 

Here you can find the top 5 Dutch cities to work in as an expat, as well as which industries are the most prominent in each city.

1. Amsterdam

The Dutch capital is known for its diverse and multicultural ambiance, and it attracts a lot of international talent as it hosts a significant number of international companies.

Netflix, Tesla Motors and Adidas are only a few of the major multinational companies that are headquartered in Amsterdam. If you are planning to relocate to Amsterdam but you don’t speak fluent Dutch, it should not be a problem to find a job there, as many of these multinationals usually seek to hire highly-skilled, multilingual workforce from different foreign countries in order to cover several markets. Another advantage that Amsterdam has to offer is its proximity to Schiphol airport, one of the largest airports worldwide, which makes Amsterdam highly accessible no matter where you are coming from.

2. Rotterdam

Known for its unique modern architecture and urbanism, Rotterdam is the second biggest city in the Netherlands and it is home to Europe’s largest seaport, which makes this city highly accessible as well. Like in Amsterdam, knowledge of Dutch is not always a requirement for working in Rotterdam, due to its diverse and cosmopolitan nature. The most prominent industries are shipping, trade, logistics, and [green] energy.

3. The Hague

The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands and it is known as the administrative and royal capital of the country. The Dutch parliament, the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, and many other international organizations as well as embassies are seated in the Hague, making the city the political heart of the Netherlands. That being said, there are many employment opportunities especially within diplomacy and international affairs.

4. Eindhoven

Eindhoven is placed among the top destinations on global investors’ target lists due to its large presence of growth industries such as education, tech and life sciences. From the small village that it was in the past, Eindhoven has now been transformed into a huge industrial site, where many factories, tech companies and start-ups are located. If you are interested in an IT or engineering career, your chances of finding employment in Eindhoven are many!

5. Utrecht

Only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam, Utrecht is an impressive, picturesque city, with unique beauty and a very pleasant atmosphere. The Utrecht Sustainability Institute is responsible for sustainable development, renewable energy and circular economy systems, which makes the city a desirable destination for anyone seeking a career in sustainable development.

The Netherlands is a hub for innovation, it has an advantageous location, and many international firms choose it as their European headquarters. While Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Eindhoven and Utrecht are some of the top cities to work in, there are other Dutch cities that are equally attractive and offer many career opportunities, such as Arnhem and Wageningen. 

At Jimble, we are specialized in Talent Mobility and we have supported thousands of expats to relocate to the Netherlands. Head over to our contact page and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled experts to discuss all your questions extensively.

Global Mobility Services

What is global mobility? Our mission

By | Expats

While more and more small and large companies are expanding beyond their national borders and opening offices in different locations abroad, these same companies need to move their employees to new offices. This function of the businesses to move their workforce abroad is known as “Global Mobility” or “Talent Mobility” and, in real terms, it refers to the physical transportation of employees worldwide; while shaping an increasingly diverse and multi-talented workforce. To us, Jimble, “Talent Mobility” is more than just moving people and possessions; it’s about relocating lives and lifestyles.

What is global mobility and what does it entail?

The relocation of human resources requires a lot of attention and preparation, as there is a ton of paperwork as well as many different partners involved, which makes the overall process even more complex. Relocating companies along with their employees all have their own specific requirements which is why Jimble’s approach is designed entirely around your needs. Global relocations involve a number of aspects, especially for expats moving abroad. At Jimble we have constructed an international team of professionals, offering expertise from all perspectives and areas of business. We take the administrative burden from you by coordinating all the necessary processes from A to Z. You focus on your business, while we focus on your staff!

Our mission for talent mobility

Delivering proficient destination, talent mobility and relocation services is our specialty. Our primary goal is to support companies and individuals relocating anywhere within the Netherlands! We at Jimble make the dream of expanding your horizons and actually moving cross-country or cross-globe a reality in a stress-free, neatly organized, fun and friendly way. With years of experience we have been trusted with the relocation of many working individuals from the United States, to Canada, South-Korea, Australia-to name a few, back to our West European country on the North Sea. We take pride in supporting companies – from tech start-ups to entertainment giants – when they have their expat employees put down new roots in The Netherlands. Our people-first approach will make sure your needs are prioritised, offering an exceptional experience for every single relocating employee and their family! Rest assured that your employees are in good hands!

Our global mobility services explained

Here is an overview of the global mobility services you can expect from us:

  1. Moving services:  We offer you a customized moving plan to easily and securely transport your household goods from point A to point B. Our  ability to tailor the moving plan allows us to save you time and money. Who doesn’t want to save on these two commodities while minimizing one’s efforts?
  2. Settling-in services: Jimble’s common provided settling-in services, following a consultation introduction/analysis, are: itinerary development, immigration services, municipality  registration, financial advising, bank account setup, 30% tax ruling, temporary and  long-term housing, competitive contract negotiations, furniture rentals, utilities  connection, local doctor/dentist, academic research, insurance advising, driving  license conversions, and departure services just to name a few.
  3. Home finding: For both individual expat housing and company housing for a single person or a family we aim to give you the utmost choice and flexibility as to where, when and how to relocate. Our home finding service incorporates a flexible approach while being cost conscious, mindful of your budget.
  4. Integration services: Jimble offers extensive integration services to educate expat assignees and their  families surrounding multi-cultural obstacles and how to overcome them, they  include: youth cultural training programs, destination briefings, language training,  family services, child benefit, spouse advising, pet support, cross-cultural training,  business training, and self-awareness testing. Our training services are inclusive to  individuals, families and corporate groups tailor made to your specific needs.
  5. Specialized services: In reality, relocation is more than home finding and filling in forms. We understand the importance of remaining empathetic to the fact the transferee and  their family find themselves in a foreign location with different cultures, and laws. This is where Jimble’s aftercare services come in. Our  integration team will be committed to appreciate the emotional and cultural issues  involved, handle them personally, and help others deal with them constructively  throughout the lifecycle of their stay.

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Still have questions about our services or our approach? Get in touch by scheduling a free consultation with one of our experts to discuss your situation.

Dutch public transport system: everything you need to know

By | Traveling

One of the main questions we are being asked by our expat clients from day one of their arrival to the Netherlands is about Dutch public transportation, which is why we have compiled all the relevant information regarding public transport travelling, tickets and discounts, as well as the top practical tips for you in this complete guide. Read up on the most important things to bear in mind when travelling by public transport in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands has an excellent and reliable public transport system which can take you from A to B with no hassle. Train, bus, tram, metro, ferry and -of course- public bikes, are all at your disposal. 

1. Train

Are you looking for a comfortable, fast and modern means to get around in the Netherlands? Then the Dutch railway will not let you down. You can visit beautiful landscapes and explore hidden gems throughout the country by taking the train. Have you found the perfect accommodation in Amsterdam, but your work is in Rotterdam? Don’t worry! The train can take you from Amsterdam Central to Rotterdam in no more than 40 minutes. The locals are also used to travelling to neighbouring cities for work.

2. Bus, tram and metro

Wherever you are in the Netherlands, the bus services with their great connections will take you easily and affordably to your destination. The tram is the best way not only to reach your destination but also to enjoy some sightseeing along the way! Tram services usually start at 6 am and run until midnight. In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, 2 of the biggest Dutch cities, in addition to bus and tram, you can also take the metro. The metro is the fastest way to commute in the city centre and nearby areas. You can also take your bicycle with you on the train as well as the metro, usually outside peak hours, and you will need a bicycle day ticket for this. Be aware that you cannot place your bike anywhere but there are indicated areas on the train and metro with the relevant label.

3. Ferry and water taxi

In a country full of canals, it makes perfect sense that the Netherlands also provides ferry services. In Amsterdam, you can take the ferry from Central Station to Noord (North) sailing over the IJ river completely free of charge and you can take your bike or motorcycle with you! Have you ever heard of water taxis? If you find yourself in Rotterdam and you want a very fast and fun way to get around then try the water taxi! This is a paid option and fares may vary. 

4. Public bikes

You cannot be in the Netherlands and not have public bikes at your disposal. The OV-fiets with almost 300 locations in the Netherlands at stations, bus or metro stops, allows you to rent a bike and go wherever you want like a local. You can rent an OV-fiets only if you own a personal OV-chipkaart (read below).

5. OV-chipkaart

When using the Dutch public transport, you need to own an OV-chipkaart. There are 3 types of OV-chipkaarten you can opt for: single-use, anonymous and personal. 

The single-use card is mainly for tourists and those who do not travel frequently, and it has limited validity. You can use it on bus, tram and metro but you will need a separate single-use OV card for the train. This type of card costs more than the other two, which is why we only recommend it to short-term visitors. 

For those of you who commute daily to work or travel within the country regularly, an anonymous OV card is a must. It allows you to use all means of public transport and it is a more affordable option. In order to use it, you need to charge credit to your card and you can do so either at a service desk or a ticket vending machine found at most stations. Please note that in order to use this card on the train, you need to charge it with at least 20 euros, which can vary depending on your route, and you can do so at an NS ticket vending machine (yellow). 

If you want to buy single-use or anonymous OV-chipkaart you can do so at the service desk or look for ticket vending machines with the pink OV-chipkaart logo. 

Finally, you can also apply for a personal OV-chipkaart which costs  7,50 euros and is valid for 5 years. The personal card has your personal details and photo, and you do not need to charge it with credit. One benefit of the personal card is that you can block it in case of loss or theft, which is not possible with the other 2 types. With your personal OV card you can also benefit from various different discounts you can choose from! You can always ask our consultants which option is the best for you.

Important tip: Don’t forget to check in and out as you will be charged a penalty or your card will be blocked! If such thing happens, you can request a refund here.

Do you need a personal public transport planner? With the 9292 app, you can plan all your trips, choose your destination and the app will show you up-to-date travel information for all public transport in the Netherlands as well as alternative travel advice and many more. 

Do you have more questions regarding Dutch public transportation, costs and discounts? Do you need personal assistance in your relocation process? Jimble’s experienced relocation specialists can support you and your family from A to Z in a completely stress-free way. Head over to our contact page and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled experts to discuss all your questions extensively.

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Why working abroad boosts your creativity

By | Lifestyle

Are you considering accepting a job offer overseas and wondering about the possible benefits of this bold move from a personal and professional growth perspective? Or are you already working abroad and you are curious to find out how this international working experience has transformed you? Living and working abroad has been proven beneficial in more than one way and here is why.

Living abroad improves your creative thinking ability

According to recent studies, living overseas and being exposed to different cultures has been demonstrated to improve creative thinking ability. It goes without saying that while living abroad you interact with people with different cultural backgrounds and, consequently, different languages, values, customs, and ways of thinking. The more you interact with diverse cultures, the more aware you become of cultural differences.

Higher cultural awareness is associated with adaptability skills since living abroad means seeing the world through a new lens, adapting to new norms and cultures and getting out of your comfort zone. It is also associated with different traits such as risk-taking, ambition, flexibility, and open-mindedness. This international work experience facilitates flexibility of ideas, boosts creative thinking and helps overcome cultural biases and existing barriers. While working abroad, you will inevitably cooperate with a diverse set of people and you will have to be open to new ideas, and learn how to successfully communicate cross-culturally. 

Cross-cultural experiences are key drives of creativity and help you think “out of the box”

These cross-cultural experiences are key drivers of creativity since they help you think “out of the box” and approach problems and tasks from different angles. After working abroad and immersing yourself in a foreign culture, you have interacted with diverse audiences, you have become a more competent communicator, and you have enhanced your cultural knowledge. All these add up to your international experience and boost your creative thinking and performance. When you are living abroad, even everyday life situations spark your creativity. Every new sound, smell, taste, or any other sensation can become a source of imagination.

Let’s discuss your relocation situation

Relocating to the Netherlands could be that little extra something that will help you professionally as well as personally, and Jimble is here to make sure you enjoy this new journey and to guide you through each step! Head over to our relocation services page and find out more or get in touch by scheduling a free consultation with one of our experts to discuss your situation!

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6 Reasons why having a multicultural team gives your company a competitive advantage

By | Culture

Cultural diversity is a major asset in the modern business landscape and here is why. We have compiled the top 6 reasons why building a strong multicultural team will give your company a competitive advantage.

1. Diverse Candidate Pool

Diverse workforce means hiring diverse candidates, which gives your company the opportunity to draw on talent from a larger candidate pool of highly skilled individuals. By welcoming employees with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds you bring a variety of skills and competencies to the table and, consequently, generate better results.

2. Increased Creativity and Innovation 

Diversity delivers creativity to a company and drives innovation due to the wealth of viewpoints and the different perspectives among the employees. Each employee has unique values and ideas, influenced by their culture, and by embracing these differences your company will boost creativity and stimulate the creation of new ideas. 

3. Increased Productivity and Motivation

Evidence suggests that diversity in the workplace increases employee satisfaction and, as a result, a happier workforce is a more productive one. The more the employees feel included and their values appreciated, the higher their motivation and engagement.

4. Enhanced Problem-Solving

All these varied viewpoints and ideas that multicultural teams bring to the table foster problem-solving and maximize decision-making processes. Each team member will have a unique way of approaching problems and providing solutions, which will ultimately benefit your organisation.

5. Gain a better Reputation

By being inclusive, open-minded and by embracing cultural diversity your company will promote a positive image. The increased efficiency of the multicultural teams will generate better results, and better results will also boost reputation.

6. Economic Competitiveness

Finally, these 5 advantages lead to increased efficiency in the workplace which means increased profits for your company. With a diverse and multicultural workforce your company becomes a stronger competitor within the global marketplace.

Interested in hiring international employees and worried about the logistics? We are here to help. Head over to our relocation services page and find out more or get in touch by scheduling a free consultation with one of our experts to discuss your situation. Relocating to the Netherlands has never been easier with Jimble.

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