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The Netherlands – One in ten job seekers willing to go abroad

01 February 2012

A survey by Jobbird has found that one in ten Dutch job seekers are happy to go abroad in order to find a new job, with Belgium, Germany and the US being amongst the top destinations. It is mainly the highly educated that are willing to pack their suitcases to go abroad although there does not seem to be an age bias as both the younger and older generation are keen to seek jobs outside the Netherlands.  

Nonetheless the survey reports that those aged 40+ with experience in executive positions are especially intent on taking up a job in a foreign country. While graduates have long been known to emigrate in order to fulfil their career ambitions, it is also self-employed people who are interested in leaving the Netherlands.

The group least likely to emigrate includes those with a technical background in manufacturing and industry.  

Belgium ranks No.1 as the most popular destination for Dutch workers followed by Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Jobbird carries out its survey every six months and has asked active job seekers in the Netherlands to participate. 

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