via iAmsterdam March 2012
It is predicted that over the next few years, employment levels within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will continue to increase. In contrast with the rest of the Netherlands, more jobs are becoming available. Between 2012 and 2016, it is expected that around 53,000 new jobs will be created in the region.
SEO Economisch Onderzoek has published a report titled “The Future of the Labour Market in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region until 2016” (in Dutch only). In this, the organisation predicts that employment growth in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will lead to an unemployment percentage of just 5% in 2016.
Ecomonists are expecting that the services sector and healthcare are set to experience strong growth in the Amsterdam Area over the coming years. During the past decade, large international companies have entered the region, creating many new employment opportunities. The number of small businesses and sole propieterships also remains especially strong, highlighting the entrepreneurial nature of the region.
One of the key driving forces behind the strong employment results in the Amsterdam Area is the talented workforce. Amsterdam is home to a productive regional workforce, drawing from 180 different countries, with a 44% share of the population having gone onto higher education. The city also has the country’s highest density of knowledge workers and an increasing influx of workers from other EU countries.
Attracting international success stories
It is therefore no surprise that more than 2,100 international companies have already brought their businesses to the Amsterdam Metropolitian Region, taking advantage of everything the area has to offer.