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A useful website to keep in mind is This website is regularly updated with the latest changes in laws and regulations regarding working in the Netherlands. It also highlights any upcoming expected changes to regulations, so it's important to check in and see if any of these changes will affect you. You can also follow on their social media pages, such as on their LinkedIn and Twitter to ensure that you keep up to date with the most recent news about working in the Netherlands.

Working in the Leiden region

There are plenty of job opportunities in the Leiden region. Leiden is a true knowledge city where ample scientific research takes place in areas such as Life Sciences & Health. Important employers in the region are Leiden Bio Science Park, Leiden University  and Leiden University Medical Center.   

Recruitment Agencies

You will find many recruitment agencies in Leiden, offering permanent and temporary positions. These recruitment agencies are frequently looking for employment specialists and native speakers. Many agencies offer access to large networks of international companies. Search the internet for ‘Uitzendbureau’ or ‘Werving – en selectiebureau’.   

Recruitment agencies in the Netherlands
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It is also possible to set up your own business within the Leiden region. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has dedicated webpages for start up businesses and self employed persons. Entrepreneurs can make an appointment to get registered and obtain a Citizen Service Number (BSN) at the Expat Centre Leiden after receiving their residency permit.  

Go to the IND website

Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG)

If you are about to start a new job, your employer might ask you to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct, Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag (VOG). This is a document showing that you did not commit any criminal offences that are relevant to the performance of your duties. It can be obtained in three ways:

  • Through your municipality
  • Online 
  • Through Justis (Ministry of Justice and Security’s screening authority)
Apply for a VOG
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Pensions & Retirement

If you are living and working in the Netherlands, depending upon your circumstances, you will begin to accrue pension. This pension will contribue towards your expenses once you reach retirement age. The Dutch age of retirement for 2022 is 67 years and 3 months, and, if you are living in the Netherlands, you will receive a letter approximately 4 months before you reach retirement age concerning your pension. The Dutch pension system itself consists of three parts: a state pension, a supplementary pension, and a private pension. 

Learn more about pensions and retirement in the Netherlands
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