Finding highly skilled talent in a tight labour market

With a tight labour market in the Netherlands, many companies are looking for talent from abroad. Most companies start looking for talented people in the EU but even this market isn’t big enough in many cases. What we see is that most companies start recruiting in the world in the end, without limits.

The labour market in the Netherlands

Many highly educated people in the Netherlands have a general background. Moreover, there are simply not enough specialists to fulfill open vacancies in for instance the IT or technical sector. Training of existing personnel might be a possibility but might take too much valuable time.

How do we find highly skilled talent from abroad?

There are several companies that can help you to find the best talents to fulfill your vacancies. Settle Service gladly advises a number of companies.

I want to employ an EU talent; what now?

An EU citizen can start working in the Netherlands without a formal immigration procedure. However, EU citizens must register in the Netherlands if they intend to stay longer than 4 months.

I am going to employ a non EU talent, what now?

As said before, for some open positions the EU isn’t big enough and you will have to search the world for good highly skilled talent. Non EU citizens need to undergo an immigration procedure. There are several possibilities to get your new talents in the Netherlands:

Recognized sponsorship

One of the requirements for the highly skilled migrant procedure is that your company holds a recognized sponsorship with the Dutch immigration authorities IND. If your company has been established in the Netherlands for more than 1,5 year you will need to submit other documents than if your company is relatively new to the Netherlands. In the current summer period the IND has indicated that the decision period is in probably all cases the legal one, 6 months. It is very important that you use the correct documents in your application to prevent delays.

If your own company is not (yet) a recognized sponsor you can opt to work with an employer of record. In this case, this is the formal employer of your new employee. After a successful application your employee can change employer so that she/he is on contract with your company itself.

A recognized sponsorship also speeds up other immigration procedures!

Settle Service gladly assists with all immigration procedures. We have a specialized team that is there for you!

Relocation assistance for a head start

To give your highly skilled talent a good start we advise to assist with relocation services. You will determine the costs! Do you have a limited budget? Offer Settle Service’s welcoming programme, that gives guidance on the steps to take. If you want your employee to have a flying start add Settle Blocks so that we can offer a comprehensive tailormade relocation plan.

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