Although hard to imagine in the current economic climate, particularly with the growing unemployment rate in the Netherlands, the shortage in the skilled and highly-educated workforces is expected to grow in the coming year(s). With this in mind, Expatica and Together Abroad introduced the International Job Fair, the event for pursuing an international career in the Netherlands, in 2013. Our 4th International Job Fair will take place in Spring 2015; check back here for the dates.
This is what the experts say about the situation:
Branch organisation Nederland ICT
“Almost half of ICT companies with up to 100 employees name a shortage of suitably skilled labour as the main impediment to growth. … For companies with 100 to 750 employees, the mismatch on the labour market is one of three factors limiting growth.”
Dutch Ministry of Health
“As in previous editions, the Dutch Health Care Performance Report 2014 shows too little time and attention is paid to clients in the geriatric care sector. In 2013, over half of nursing home staff indicated there is not enough personnel to ensure a good quality of care.”
“The Netherlands is a prosperous country. Despite the economic headwind, our levels of competitive strength, innovation and science put us in the top 5 on international rankings. Finding well-educated technicians on college and university levels will prove increasingly difficult in the near future. This development will harm companies’ growth and innovative strength. … We expect a shortage of technical professionals of 30,000 by 2020.”
“The shortage of skilled workforce in healthcare is confirmed by the Dutch government on their website: ‘1.3 million people work in the healthcare and social welfare sector in the Netherlands. Over the next 15 to 20 years, over 40,000 extra staff will be needed – if we want to continue to provide care in the same way – to cope with the growing number of elderly people requiring care.’”
Rob van Gijzel, mayor of Eindhoven
“If the current demand – supply gap is not met soon, about 3000-5000 skilled job vacancies per year will go unfulfilled in the Eindhoven region alone.”
Whether you are new to the Netherlands, have already settled in or still live abroad, Expatica’s fair can help you find your perfect job. You can be just graduated or have an extensive CV, currently working or in between jobs. Are you highly educated and internationally focussed? Then join us for the next event in Spring 2015.