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Top 25 sites for active job-seekers in the Netherlands

Recent research by Intelligence Group shows that job sites are the most-used channels when searching for a new job. That makes job sites a more popular method than using own networks, Google or social media. Since they are so popular, we have delved into the world of job sites and accumulated a top 25 for you.

Indeed.nl is the current market-leader within the Dutch labour market: more than half of active job-seekers (54%) uses the platform, followed bij LinkedIn (26%). Whereas Indeed is used by all types of education and experience levels, LinkedIn (despite just under 8 million Dutch profiles) is predominantly used by white-collar workers (Bachelor/Master level).

When Google for Jobs is finally introduced (which is not the case toward the end of 2019), the landscape will steadily change in the Netherlands. It is widely expected that, similar to what happened in the United Kingdom, its introduction will lead to a decrease in the Indeed domination. For LinkedIn, a medium still often used by recruiters, users searching for jobs are advised to create multi-lingual accounts, while signalling that you’re ‘open’ for offers.

De Nationale Vacaturebank comes in at the third spot, as best of the rest with a 23% share. Monsterboard.nl (known as Monster.com in other areas of the world) has a 15% share, which makes them the fourth most-popular job site. Randstad, which acquired Monster worldwide in 2016, is listed in ninth. However, Randstad is by far the most-popular intermediary in the country; mainly for temp work, but also with its separate brand Yacht, for white-collar workers.

Werk.nl, coming in at 5th place, is the official job board of the Dutch Government. The site is mainly used by the unemployed and people on benefits. Their vacancies are commonly not of the highest standard. Those seeking jobs in the Netherlands from abroad are better off using other websites.

A few other pointers from the top 25:

  1. Jobbird.nl (7%) is owned by Young Capital (5%), who themselves finished in ninth place. Jobbird attracts all-round vacancies, while its owner has more of an emphasis on recent-graduates and young professionals.
  2. Intermediair.nl (3%) is a recruitment website that focuses more on the highly-educated; permanent contracts at the top end of the market. These vacancies are often posted by recruitment and selection agencies.
  3. There are a few job-aggregators (like Indeed) that offer a bunch of vacancies in the Netherlands: Jobrapido.nl, nuwerk.nl, joof.nl, joblift.nl en jooble.nl.
  4. Besides LinkedInfreep.nl, 3lance.nl, Planet Interim, Jellow, job.nl and freelance.nl are all interesting websites for freelancers.
  5. For temporary jobs and side-jobs, websites like bijbaan.nl or platforms such as Young Ones and Temper might be good options.
  6. Do not forget about social media. A lot of employers like going Dutch, and post their ads (for free) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  7. If you would like to view every other job sites available in the Netherlands, go to allevacaturesites.nl for an overview of more than 1.000 job sites.
 

Ranking

Jobboard

% usage by active Dutch jobseeker

1

indeed.nl

54%

2

linkedin.nl

26%

3

nationalevacaturebank.nl

23%

4

monsterboard.nl

15%

5

werk.nl

11%

6

facebook.com

10%

7

jobbird.nl

7%

8

google.nl

5%

9

randstad.nl

5%

10

youngcapital.nl

5%

11

uitzendbureau.nl

4%

12

intermediair.nl

3%

13

allevacaturesites.nl

3%

14

instagram.com

3%

15

jobrapido.com

2%

16

tempoteam.nl

2%

17

werkenbijdeoverheid.nl

2%

18

bijbaan.nl

2%

19

gemeentebanen.nl

1%

20

meesterbaan.nl

1%

21

stepstone.com

1%

22

nuwerk.nl

1%

23

job.nl

1%

24

accountancyvacatures.nl

1%

25

twitter.com

1%

Bron: Intelligence Group, 2019