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Doing Business in The Hague

As an expat working in The Hague, you’ll benefit from the opportunities it offers. Since its transformation into the city of peace and justice in the 20th century, The Hague has been home to many expats. We’ll give you an insight into working in The Hague, with info on permits, job hunting, and more!
The Peace Palace houses  the International Court of Justice.

The Job Search

If you have not secured a job yet, you have plenty of opportunities for a job search in The Hague. The public employment service (UWV Werkbedrijf), for instance, offers support to job seekers and employers across the Netherlands. While your future employer may turn to UWV Werkbedrijf for help in recruiting the perfect employee, you can refer to their database for vacancies or leave your CV at their branch office. Their offices in The Hague are located in Leghwaterplein 1 and Verheeskade 25.

Networking is another important aspect of the job search. Other expatriates in The Hague may be able to help you out. Maybe there is someone among the members of the InterNations Community in The Hague who has just the right job for you.

For current information on job positions and internships with international organizations, you should refer to The Hague Justice Portal. All in all, there are plenty of recruitment agencies which specialize in multilingual job seekers. You will find a list of them on The Hague’s city website.

Other online resources for your job search in The Hague include the following websites:

Business Districts

There are many business districts and new developments in and around The Hague. Former industrial areas and older business developments are often being remodeled to satisfy the needs of a service-based economy and the expectations of 21st-century companies. The following areas are just a few examples of the many potential business locations in The Hague.

  • Situated in the northeastern district Haagse Hout, Queen Beatrix Business District (Beatrixkwartier) is probably one of the most popular office locations in The Hague — it even has its own Randstad Rail station. The neighborhood is characterized by a large number of high-rise buildings and new office complexes. Numerous major companies are located here, such as Deloitte, Siemens Nederland, or the Dutch insurance provider Nationale Nederlanden.
  • Part of the Laak district near the city center, De Binckhorst is an area currently under re-development to preserve its industrial heritage. Formerly home to factories for such industries such as printing, tobacco, or car manufacturing, De Binckhorst is now attracting more new businesses and creative types, for example, app and web designers, architects, designers, artists, and musicians.
  • Just like De Binckhorst, Laakhaven-Oost and Laakhaven-West are two neighborhoods in transition. As their name suggests, they once used to host an important port along the canal between Den Haag and Delft. However, the cargo trade gradually disappeared in the 1960s. Today, the area is a down-to-earth business district featuring a megastore shopping mall, the campus of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, plenty of office space, and many small and medium-sized enterprises (e.g. retail, car repairs, construction works, and commercial services).

Doing Business

Doing business in the Netherlands, and more specifically The Hague, is very clear, straightforward, and to the point. When you meet your colleagues and business partners to negotiate a business deal, you will soon find that the meeting will go ahead largely without polite small talk. Instead of wasting any time on chit-chat, meetings often start straight away.

As business meetings always follow a strict agenda, there is not much time for general conversations. All employees are expected to be punctual so that meetings can begin on time. It is customary to voice your opinion freely and openly disagree with your business partners, if necessary. To many expatriates, this straightforward way of doing business may come as somewhat of a shock.

The typically Dutch way of doing business should, however, not discourage you while you are working in The Hague. In fact, a rather egalitarian way of doing business is quite common in the Netherlands. In private, the Dutch are mostly polite and easygoing. Outside the meeting room, your relationship with your new colleagues may soon take on a relaxed and friendly character.

 

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