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Over 180,000 highly educated European IT professionals want to come to the Netherlands for work

Getting to know different cultures and salary are the main reasons for coming to the Netherlands.

Now that the IT market in the Netherlands is on fire, IT vacancies are remaining unfilled for over a year and the services provided by IT companies are coming under pressure, the question is: where can Dutch employers get more IT professionals from? Intelligence Group investigated this question using its Global Talent Acquisition Monitor (GTAM), a large-scale European labour market survey among 60,000 respondents in 28 countries who form part of the working population. What were the results? Over 180,000 highly educated IT professionals in Europe want to go and work in the Netherlands – especially IT professionals from the United Kingdom and Spain. The top 10, as stated on the right, consists of the 10 countries from which most IT professionals want to come to the Netherlands. If we then look to see the proportion of IT professionals within each country that would want to work in the Netherlands, it turns out that a relatively large number of Danish IT professionals are willing to continue their career in the Netherlands. A relatively large number of IT professionals who want to come to the Netherlands for work can also be found in Lithuania, Greece and Romania. What makes European IT professionals want to come and work in the Netherlands?

Table 1: Where do the IT professionals who want to go and work in the Netherlands come from?

Position Country Number of IT professionals
1 United Kingdom 34,100
2 Spain 28,200
3 Germany 15,900
4 Italy 15,000
5 Ukraine 12,300
6 France 11,900
7 Romania 7,100
8 Sweden 5,900
9 Greece 5,700
10 Belgium 5,600

The opportunity to get to know different cultures and salary are the main reasons for working in a different country
The GTAM asked the IT professionals who want to work in the Netherlands what their main motives are for working internationally. Getting to know different cultures and salary turned out to be deemed most important. The IT professionals also consider the opportunity to gain experience, a better standard of living and opportunities for growth to be important.

It is notable that these aspects are named by IT professionals substantially more often compared to all the Europeans who want to work abroad. A different picture emerges when these driving forces are considered by country of origin. For example, the main driving forces for IT professionals from the United Kingdom who want to work internationally are the opportunity to gain experience and a better climate. For Belgian IT professionals, career opportunities and working for an international organisation are once again important motives for going to work abroad.

“Europe-wide, the potential IT workforce available for the Netherlands is sufficient. It is important that Dutch employers use the correct arguments to gain this potential in their recruitment strategy. A single generic European message works less well in this regard than explicit messages aimed at a particular country or even city. The recruitment of IT professionals from London for Amsterdam requires different arguments than the recruitment of IT professionals for Eindhoven”, explains Matthijs de Fauw, international labour market analyst for Intelligence Group

Want to find out more about the secrets of successfully recruiting IT professionals (in Europe)

During the Sterksen, VONQ and Intelligence Group event on 4 September, we will focus on the successful recruitment of IT professionals. Sterksen will focus on expanding the pool of IT professionals and increasing conversion in its recruitment, then VONQ will focus more on the online recruitment marketing strategy. Intelligence Group will discuss the notable facts and developments in the IT labour market, trends and ideas for recruiting (more) IT professionals and the European Recruitment Dashboard: the dashboard that soon puts all relevant target group information about IT professionals in Europe straight into the palm of your hand.

This event doesn’t so much concern long-term strategies, but rather concrete actions for making the difference tomorrow in order to attract more IT professionals.

Research design
The Global Talent Acquisition Monitor (GTAM) is the survey by Intelligence Group into the supply side (available talent) of the European labour market that has been conducted among around 60,000 unique respondents in 28 European countries. Respondents were questioned in detail on matters such as pull factors, favourite apps and vacancy and other websites, the candidate experience, international mobility, etc. The questions asked in the survey were: ‘’What are your main reasons for considering working abroad?‘’ and “In which countries would you consider working?”. The above figures have been taken from GTAM 2018.

For further information about this survey and the results, please contact Intelligence Group at or by calling +31 (0)88 730 2800.