Setting up a recruitment


Setting up a recruitment company in the Netherlands

The Dutch workforce is extremely diverse and highly qualified and their expertise is sought by cutting edge companies to help them to grow their business. One of the best ways to build a successful business is to attract and employ the best, talented people. 


Recruitment companies offer specialized services that provide the perfect fit between business looking for talent, and people looking for fulfilling employment. As the Dutch economy grows, The Netherlands is becoming a very attractive location for international businesses. Add to that the increasing pool of exceptional talent, these recruitment services are becoming invaluable to businesses and job seekers alike.


i) The first step in starting a business in the Netherlands is to choose the type of company the will best suit the needs and goals of its owners and/or shareholders:

  • One of the most popular types of companies among entrepreneurs is the Dutch BV (Besloten Vennootschap) [], or Private Limited Company. This is because a Dutch BV requires no minimum capital deposit, minimum only one shareholder, and liability is only tied to capital deposited.

  • Foreign investors have the option of simply opening a subsidiary or branch.


ii) Before starting a business in the Netherlands, you have to register a company with the Dutch Trade Register, including the mandatory NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) number. For a recruitment company, the number is as follows:

 Section N; Division 78; Group 78.1 - 78.3; Class 78.10, 78.20, 78.30.


iii) No license is required to operate a recruitment company in the Netherlands unless you would like to work with providing employment services to/for the Dutch government.

Why open a recruitment company in the Netherlands?

  • Many of the world’s top international companies are choosing the Netherlands to base worldwide operations, including sporting goods giants, Nike and Adidas, making the Netherlands very attractive for foreigners.

  • The Dutch unemployment rate [] is extremely low, meaning that almost all of its 11 million working-age population are employed and in demand.

  • Recruitment companies help to pair companies with the right talent, and job seekers with companies that are the right fit, making it easier for companies to find the right people and individuals to find the perfect employment.

  • Recruitment companies in the Netherlands help both large and small businesses.

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