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28 Sep 2016
The Netherlands has been singled out as the global capital for high tech start ups, and it is not hard to see why. Money is pouring in to fledgling Dutch companies, as the world switches on to the country's ability to innovate and transform the cutting edge into workable solutions - the nation of 17 million people has become known as a hotbed for exciting new ideas.
News and views platform Startup Juncture reported that in 2014 alone, no less than €500 million was poured into Dutch start-ups, in the form of 75 deals. So what has sown the seeds for this remarkable rise in the Western European country? The government has had a huge role to play in the development. Led by the now retired but hugely influential politician Neelie Kroes, the government set about a scheme that has seen tech entrepreneurship receive fantastic support.
Then there is the Dutch education system, which has played a part in the Dutch becoming a nation that speaks English as well as any in Europe. In fact, if you were to hear two Dutch people speaking at a distance, you might even think they were English. The enthusiasm of the Dutch, their government and investors has all culminated to make the Netherlands one of the places to be for tech organisations large and small, as demonstrated by the decision of firms such as Uber and Netflix to establish bases in Amsterdam.
So what does this all mean for recruitment? If you are armed with the right skills and a sound level of English proficiency, there are positions to be had in the Netherlands right now, and it would seem that salaries and packages are likely to become more attractive as the sector in the country continues to grow. There might also be a drive to head hunt the pick of the Dutch talent by overseas firms keen to get these successful tech professionals on board with them. Rather than be bad for the country, any movement of top Dutch tech talent overseas is likely to leave the door open for the next tech generation to come through.