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EURES is a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers. The network has always worked hard to ensure that European citizens can benefit from the same opportunities, despite language barriers, cultural differences, bureaucratic challenges, diverse employment laws and a lack of recognition of educational certificates across Europe.

What can EURES do for you?

EURES helps jobseekers to find jobs and employers to recruit from all over Europe

The European Union’s principle of free movement of workers is considered one of the most important rights of EU citizens. It means that you can move to any EU Member State, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to look for and take up a job.

Yet, it may sometimes seem like a daunting and difficult task to make use of this right. The purpose of EURES is precisely to help and support jobseekers and employers with that.

This involves the provision of a broad range of services, available on the EURES portal or through the vast human network of more than a thousand advisers working in the EURES Member and Partner organisations.  

EURES services to jobseekers and employers include:

• Matching of job vacancies and CVs on the EURES portal

• Information and guidance and other support services for workers and employers

• Access to information on living and working conditions in the EU member states, such as taxation, pensions, health insurance and social security

• Specific support services for frontier workers and employers in cross-border regions

• Support to specific groups in the context of the EURES Targeted Mobility Schemes

• Support to dynamic recruitment events through the European (Online) Job Days platform

• Information on and access to post-recruitment assistance, such as language training and support with integration in the destination country

To learn more about EURES services you can visit the various sections of our website: You can find contact details of the EURES Members and Partners on the “EURES in your country” page or get in direct contact with a EURES Adviser by phone, mail or chat, You can also contact the EURES Helpdesk for help with using the portal or any other questions you may have.

Read more about EURES and its services:

Finding a job in Europe - a guide for jobseekers: 

Recruiting in Europe - a guide for employers: 

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EURES is een Europees netwerk voor arbeidsbemiddeling dat het vrije verkeer van werknemers moet bevorderen. Het netwerk heeft altijd hard gewerkt om Europese burgers dezelfde kansen te bieden, ondanks taalbarrières, culturele verschillen, bureaucratische problemen, verschillen in arbeidswetgeving en een gebrek aan erkenning van onderwijscertificaten in heel Europa.

Wat kan EURES voor u doen?

EURES helpt werkzoekenden aan een baan en werkgevers aan personeel in heel Europa

Het beginsel van vrij verkeer van werknemers wordt gezien als een van de belangrijkste rechten van de burgers van de Europese Unie. Dit betekent dat je naar iedere lidstaat van de Europese Unie, alsook naar IJsland, Liechtenstein, Noorwegen en Zwitserland, kunt gaan om daar naar werk te zoeken en een baan te aanvaarden.

Maar van dit recht gebruikmaken kan soms moeilijk zijn en het kan je afschrikken. EURES heeft juist tot doel werkzoekenden en werkgevers daarbij een handje te helpen.

Op zijn portaal en via het uitgebreide netwerk van meer dan duizend adviseurs in zijn leden- en partnerorganisaties biedt EURES een grote verscheidenheid aan diensten aan.

EURES-diensten voor werkzoekenden en werkgevers:

  • de juiste vacatures en cv’s op het EURES-portaal bijeenbrengen;
  • informatie, begeleiding en andere ondersteunende diensten verlenen aan werknemers en werkgevers;
  • toegang bieden tot informatie over levens- en arbeidsomstandigheden in de EU-lidstaten, zoals over belastingen, pensioenen, ziektekostenverzekeringen en sociale zekerheid;
  • specifieke ondersteuning bieden aan grensarbeiders en werkgevers in grensregio’s;
  • specifieke groepen ondersteuning bieden in het kader van "EURES Targeted Mobility Schemes";
  • dynamische wervingsactiviteiten ondersteunen via het Europese (online)platform voor banendagen;
  • informatie over en toegang bieden tot bijstand na de werving, zoals talencursussen en hulp bij de integratie in het land van bestemming.

Lees meer over de EURES-dienstverlening en ga naar de verschillende rubrieken op deze website, zoek de contactgegevens van de EURES-leden en -partners op de pagina EURES in uw land of neem rechtstreeks per telefoon, e-mail of chat contact op met een EURES-adviseur. Je kunt ook contact opnemen met de EURES-helpdesk wanneer je vragen hebt over het portaal of anderszins.

Meer informatie over EURES en zijn diensten:

Een baan vinden in Europa - een gids voor werkzoekenden

Werving in Europa - een gids voor werkgevers

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Where are the available workers?

A large part of the available workforce in the Netherlands are registered as jobseekers with the UWV and/or have a CV on the public website The UWV names this group ‘Jobseekers registered with the UWV’ (GWUs). This refers not only to people receiving unemployment benefits, but also to people receiving an occupational disability benefit who are able to work, people receiving social welfare benefits, and people who have their CV on

At the end of 2020, there were almost 1.2 million GWUs, around 70% of whom did not have a job.


Of the diverse group of people registered as jobseekers with the GWU, the people receiving unemployment benefits generally have recent work experience, and therefore probably also have the best prospects of finding work. More than 1 in 5 people receiving unemployment benefits are registered for a business-support or administrative occupation (58 600 people). This relates to work as administrative employees, receptionists and telephonists, and accounting employees, for example. These are occupations for which the labour market can currently be described as loose or average. Almost 41 000 unemployment benefits are paid to people with a technical occupation, 13 200 of whom are construction and industry auxiliary staff. For many technical occupations the labour market is tight, but for construction and industry auxiliary staff that is not the case. Almost 31 700 people receiving unemployment benefits have a commercial occupation, such as retail sales staff, call-centre workers, and sales representatives and purchasers.

Where are the available jobs?

At the end of 2020, there were almost 214 000 unfilled vacancies. This compares with 281 000 unfilled vacancies at the end of 2019. There are fewer vacancies and more people looking for work. Nevertheless, there are still opportunities to find work, and the differences between one occupation and another are substantial. Most unfilled vacancies are for technical occupations. For a large number of technical occupations, the labour market remains tight or very tight. For example, there is considerable demand for metalworkers and machine fitters, construction workers, electricians and electronic trades workers. There are also many unfilled vacancies in the care sector, in particular for care staff and general or specialist nurses. The occupations offering the best prospects of employment are at medium- and higher-skilled levels, although there are also promising lower-skilled occupations. An overview of lower-skilled occupations with good employment prospects can be found at:

Short overview of the labour market:

Short overview of the labour market


The coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken by the government to limit contact between people had a significant impact on the labour market in 2020. Over the course of 2020 the Dutch economy shrank by 3.7%. Gross domestic product (GDP, a measure of the size of the economy) fell sharply in the second quarter of 2020 in particular. In the quarters that followed, there was only a limited contraction.


The government introduced various support and recovery packages, such as the Temporary Emergency Bridging Measure for Sustained Employment (NOW), to help retain jobs and support employers and the self-employed. However, these different support measures were unable to prevent a rise in unemployment and job losses. Unemployment increased from 314 000 in 2019 to 357 000 in 2020. As a result, the unemployment rate stood at 3.8% of the working population. Over 8.9 million people were in paid work. People who are not working but are not immediately available for work and/or not looking for work are not counted as part of the unemployed working population. In practice, the potential in the labour market is greater than the official statistics suggest.


At the end of 2020, there were almost 286 000 people receiving unemployment benefits from the UWV [Employee Insurance Agency]. This is more than 62 000 higher than at the end of 2019. The number of unemployment-benefit recipients increased in all age groups, with the sharpest rise visible amongst the under 25s. In this age group the number of recipients more than doubled, from over 9 000 at the end of 2019 to more than 19 000 at the end of 2020. It is relatively common for young people to be employed on flexible contracts and in sectors and occupations that have been affected by the crisis and the contact-limiting measures.


Between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020, the number of employee jobs fell by almost 155 000 to 8.2 million. Sectors in which job losses can be seen most clearly are the travel sector, the hotel, restaurant and catering sector, aviation, culture, sport and recreation, and the temporary employment sector. In the care, childcare and food retail sectors, there was an increase in the number of jobs. The impact of the crisis can also be seen in the sharp fall in the number of hours worked in 2020. In many of the affected sectors the number of hours worked dropped, even though the support measures made it possible for some jobs to be retained.


For 2021, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis is expecting economic growth of 2.2%. Employment is also expected to rise in 2021 in terms of the number of hours worked, although this is not yet directly reflected in job numbers or the number of people in employment. There are, however, sectors in which job growth is expected in 2021, such as the temporary employment sector, public administration and specialist business services.

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