Working in the Netherlands as a refugee
When you are creating a new life in a foreign country, finding a suitable job can be a challenge. You are confronted with a different culture, an unknown language and loads of other insecurities. In that case, Tempo-Team is there for you! We help you find a suitable job in the Netherlands. Do you want to know more about Tempo-Team? And the way we help people to find a job? We tell you all about it on this page.
- Who is Tempo-Team?
- What requirements are needed to work in the Netherlands?
We are a Dutch recruitment agency who connects job seekers with employers. We have a large network and collaborate with various big employers in every region of the country. It is our job to find you a job that fits your needs, matches your wishes, skills and education. Whatever your age, background or gender - your willingness to work is what counts to us!
Here are some examples of jobs you can get via us:
- Production/ assembly worker
- Forklift driver or orderpicker
- Courier (for supermarkets or postal service)
- Customer service employee
As an asylum seeker in the Netherlands, you are allowed to work for 24 weeks a year. Your asylum application must be pending for at least 6 weeks. You also need an established employment permit (a TWV in Dutch). Check the Dutch Government website for more information about the TVW.
To work in the Netherlands, we require you to speak English, German or Dutch. The main reason for this requirement is safety: you must be able to understand the work instructions. This requirement applies to everyone - no matter your nationality.
We offer a couple of language courses, which help you improve your language skills faster.
The EU has activated a 'Temporary Protection Directive' for Ukraine. This regulation states that every Ukrainian refugee will receive a document from the IND with a residence permit, housing and a work permit. These permits are valid until at least April 2023.
Not every Ukrainian refugee has yet received this document. Therefore, until the 30th of May 2022, Ukrainian refugees don’t need an employment permit to work in the Netherlands. This applies to anyone who can show an Ukrainian passport or identity card. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to so-called third country nationals.
After May 30th, every new Ukrainian refugee must possess the IND-document to apply for a job. For all the requirements, visit the IND website.
Tempo-Team can help you!
Are you looking for a job in the Netherlands? We are happy to help you. The companies and employers within our network offer a great range of job opportunities, which means there is always a suitable job we can find you. We make sure to connect you with the right employer and find you a job that matches your needs, skills and preferences. Besides, we offer free language courses including Dutch, English and German.