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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.

Get in touch and create your global mobility plan 

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.

moving during pandemic

How do you move internationally during a pandemic

By | Expats

The short answer: with great difficulty

But there are ways to make a move like this easier.

Moving internationally is never an easy thing

There are a million and one things that need to be taken care of at the best of times. Moving during a pandemic becomes even more complicated due to new rules and regulations which are often very different from one country to another.

What to do now?

With the current pandemic going on you don’t just need the correct immigration papers to move, but you also need proof that you’ve very recently been tested and that you aren’t sick. You still need to quarantine and you need to travel responsibly with a mask on. You also need to know where to find the local measures to help overcome the pandemic so that you know what is happening at your destination. The whole thing is just A LOT!

We have the solution!

This is where the help from a destination service provider comes in very handy. They navigate the local rules and have quick and accurate information at hand, which is ever changing in a pandemic. Since the rules differ per country, having a local to give you the answers you need, significantly reduces stress during these already stressful times.

Up to date information

Your relocation consultant can explain the up to date situation at your destination. Whether it comes to where to get furniture and appliances whilst stores are closed during a pandemic lockdown, to whether or not schools are open for children to attend or if you simply need to know how the items that are moving with you can be shipped during a pandemic; your relocation consultant is up to date and can assist at any time.

How can we help you move during the pandemic?

Are you considering a job in The Netherlands right now? Are you planning on relocating (part of) your staff to The Netherlands during this pandemic? Or would you like to inquire on successfully partnering with Dutch businesses? The Jimble team is happy to provide you with the necessary guidance and assistance during these strange times. For more information on how we can help, check out our e-book.

living in the netherlands after brexit

Life in The Netherlands after Brexit

By | Expats

On 31 January 2020, Brexit was officially set in motion and with that the transition period until 31 December 2020 commenced. In the so-called Withdrawal Agreement (WA), all of the agreements made have been specified. Are you a UK national and currently living in The Netherlands, or planning on relocating to The Netherlands? Let us inform you about where you can find all necessary information on which steps to take.

Find general information about living in The Netherlands as a U.K. national after Brexit here.

Brexit timeline 2020 in short

January, 2020 

Brexit bill is a deal as per January 31st with a transition period until December 31st

January 31st, 2020 

The U.K. leaves the E.U. and the Withdrawal Agreement becomes active

December 31st, 2020 

The official transition period ends. This automatically makes every U.K. national a non-EU member.

January 1st, 2021 

The new relationship starts to form between the E.U. and the U.K.

Apply now for your (temporary or permanent) residence permit! 

  • If you are about to relocate to The Netherlands as a U.K. national, you will now need to apply for a visa. Through this form, you can apply for a temporary residence permit as a first step of your future move. We recommend you reach out to an immigration specialist to inform you about the exact steps you need to take in your specific situation.
  • A different procedure applies if you have been a Dutch resident long before the Brexit completion date. The IND (the national naturalisation and immigration department) has invited all U.K. nationals to exchange their residence document for a new version in line with the newly instated Brexit regulations. You find all information available on a permanent residence permits.
  • The following link provides information on when your family is planning on relocating together with you.

How can we help?

Are you considering a career in The Netherlands? Are you planning on relocating (part of) your staff to The Netherlands? Or would you like to inquire on successfully partnering with Dutch businesses? The Jimble team is happy to provide you with the necessary guidance and assistance. Make sure to check out our e-book or our socials for more information on how we can assist you.

Looking for a home? Need help with your employees? Just let us know how we can help out.

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