Posted on December 11, 2014

I amsterdam – Amsterdam as hotspot for international talent

Amsterdam wants to attract and retain more international talent. The Amsterdam Economic Board – which brings together businesses, education institutions and government bodies in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area – is committed to achieving this objective through its programme Amsterdam Works, under the brand I amsterdam.

The brand I amsterdam

i-amsterdam_logoI amsterdam is the brand name used to showcase the city of Amsterdam globally to visitors, companies and (future) residents. The Amsterdam Economic Board has started proactively using the I amsterdam brand to promote Amsterdam as a great place to work or study. Efforts are also being made to create the right climate to encourage international talent to settle.

Why attract foreign talent?

“International talent is very important for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area”, explains Karoline Moors, programme manager at Amsterdam Works. “We are a knowledge-intensive region with an increasing scarcity of specific skills. International talent provides a solution. On top of that, it brings new knowledge and a different perspective on things, and stimulates innovation. Furthermore, international talent builds bridges with other markets and cultures and stimulates the investment climate of the region, encouraging new international companies to settle in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.”

Amsterdam, the city for international talent

Karoline Moors describes why Amsterdam is the perfect destination for foreign talent: “Amsterdam is known for its international and open character, in which creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged. By positioning Amsterdam as an attractive city, we stimulate talent to choose the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and its employers, or to start a business here. To encourage people to choose Amsterdam, we will need to make sure that things like legislation, housing and international schools have also been properly organised.”

Information on working in Amsterdam

The website www.iamsterdam.com contains extensive information on working, studying and living in Amsterdam. The portal iamsterdam.com/work provides a detailed picture of international employment opportunities in the region. With the Job search and Employer map visitors can access all job vacancies in English, and see a map showing where companies open to international talent are located. The portal also provides information on the biggest sectors in the region and on practical topics, such as housing and legislation.

Technology behind the Job Search tool

I-amsterdam-job-searchtool-textkernel-jobfeed1The Job Search uses both semantic search technology by Textkernel and its Big Data tool for jobs, Jobfeed, which collects, enriches and categorises all jobs in the Netherlands. Jobfeed then filters the results to show the target group the most relevant jobs: English-speaking professional-level jobs within in a 50km radius of Amsterdam, with Dutch not required.

Easily finding relevant vacancies

Thanks to Textkernel’s semantic search technology the jobs are easy to find using the Job Search tool. Moreover, this connects to an employer map, so that the current English vacancies are also visible by registered employer. “With the job search tool by Textkernel, international job seekers can quickly and easily find the jobs relevant to them”, Karoline Moors confirms. “International talent gets an insight into the English job offers that do not require you to speak Dutch, and you can easily filter by profession, industry and company size”.

Amsterdam employers in the spotlight

I-amsterdam-employer-map-textkernel-jobfeedEmployers in Amsterdam can register to appear on the Employer Map for free. The English jobs that meet the relevant criteria are automatically included in the job search. Next year, Amsterdam Works will also focus on proactively engaging international talent through social media and targeted acquisition abroad. The first priority will be to attract talent in the field of IT.

More information

For more information on the Amsterdam Works initiatives, contact Karoline Moors at, k.moors@amecboard.com.

For more information on Jobfeed and Textkernel’s semantic search technology, contact the Textkernel team at demo@textkernel.com.