Expats ignoring Amsterdam jobs due to education and housing concerns

Published:  2 Sep at 6 PM
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Companies searching for international expat professionals are having a hard time filling positions due to Amsterdam’s expensive housing costs and lack of international school places.

Amsterdam’s international business community is recognised as a hub for creative companies, but supplying the high demand for inspirational expats is becoming a major problem. According to one CEO, expats are crossing the city off their wish lists due to overpriced housing and too few international schools.

One business currently feeling the pinch is located near the city’s main rail station and already employs professionals for over 60 nations worldwide. Young talents’ salaries are too high to qualify for Amsterdam’s social housing, but too low to allow new employees the freedom to rent an apartment. Buying a house is totally out of the question.

Tenants renting in the city’s non-rent controlled districts are having to find more than 2000 euros a month to afford rental accommodation. The hope that British-based overseas companies might wish to relocated to Amsterdam post-Brexit is unlikely to be realised, as other European cities such as Berlin and Barcelona have the edge as regards employee housing costs.

Amsterdam council’s head of economic affairs Kajsa Ollongren told local media the city will have built no less than 50,000 new homes by 2025, but for the next few years the shortage of affordable accommodation is likely to take its toll on Amsterdam as a hub for international creative talent. Given the present economical instability, again a result of Brexit, the scheme may be too little, too late to make a difference.

Amsterdam’s international school places for expat youngsters are another negative for potential immigrants, with companies already experiencing a dearth of suitable candidates with young families. One company CEO told it like it is, saying expats simply will not come unless their children can get a place. Again, the city fathers aim to create at least 1,500 international school places over the next four years, hoping to ease the pressure and attract expat families back to the city.
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