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Job Search International (JSI) has been involved in placing and helping South Africans find work in the Netherlands for over three years, we have an excellent understanding of what talent is required in the Netherlands and how recruiters and companies work with South Africans.

JSI has well established relationships with Dutch Partners and Companies. These partners  have a wealth of experience in relocating South Africans arriving with the support of relocation experts.  

Netherlands remains the number one destination for SA talent and is considered a "soft landing" for families. Eligibility for residency is after five years and can buy property immediately. The Dutch economy continues to grow and their job market has over 500k vacancies. Netherlands currently has over 14k registered sponsor recruiters and 7k registered sponsor companies, this also includes a massive sector that specialises in payrolling foreign workers. Spoken English is accepted an din many cases encouraged as most companies are multinational. The types of sectors that support South African technical talent are world-class and include some of the most successful an advanced manufacturing and production facilities in the world.  

Picture of candidates placed by Rob Ridout from Job Search International

Recent Success Story 

JSI places 30 Millwrights in NL

Working with the largest engineering recruitment company the JSI team established an entire South African team from scratch over a period of six month. All 30 placed candidates were sourced by JSI and relocated with their families to the Netherlands. The client involved assisted with full relocation and moving of all families. 

(picture across are some of the clients we placed)

We place the following talent...

Engineer and Technical Opportunities

If you have engineering and related technical experience in Mechanical / Electrical / PLC / Automation/Embedded Software Programming / Engine Building / CNC / Millwright/ Electrical or any other associated technical skills and would like to join a top team in the Netherlands - then look no further...

  • Electrical Engineer/Mechatronics Engineer/Mechanical Engineer/Design Engineer Aerospace/Robotics/Nanotech/Electro Mechanical.

  • Millwrights red seal electromechanical. Experience in a production location: can be in food, dairy, packaging, service, steel FMCG.

  • Millwrights red seal diesel mechanic experience in the mines and/or on earth moving machines.

  • Electricians, red seal electro  Experience in a production location: can be in food, dairy, packaging, service, steel FMCG.

  • Refrigeration technicians, red seal refrigeration, experience preferably in industrial refrigeration.

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Accounting / Audit / Finance Opportunities

If you have accounting/ finance experience and/or audit related experience and have worked in a top ten South African Audit company and would like to join a top team in the Netherlands - then look no further...


We have active roles and are looking for the following:

Finance Managers, Auditors, Senior Auditors, Finance Specialists, Financial Controllers to mention a few. Our clients look for the following: 

  • Experience at a top 10 SA firm

  • 4 to 7 years of professional work experience post qualification/articles

  • Work experience with SME clients, such as trading companies, manufacturing firms, agricultural sector, and other owner-managed companies

  • Additionally, expertise in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) matters is highly desirable in the Netherlands

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Why work in the Netherlands?

– Work for some of the most valuable companies in the world.

– Infrastructure that works; it’s a safe country with good schools, hospitals & health insurance for your family.
– Multicultural environment with Engineers from all over the world.
– High level of spoken English

– Employers that are willing to invest in you.
– Job security (unemployment rate below 2%).

-  Most advanced labour laws in the world protecting staffs rights

– Tax benefit ruling for foreign engineers that move to the Netherlands (foreign engineers get a  discount on paying tax for the first 5 years).
– Most and biggest festivals in the world.
– Best cycling infrastructure in the world.
– Being able to travel around Europe.


With a small population, the Netherlands have a massive skills shortage and its unemployment rate is below 2%. The Netherlands occupies a top position worldwide in key technologies such as micro/nano-electronics, nanotechnology, photonics, semiconductors, electronic components, and systems. With knowledge and expertise that play an important role in the software development and implementation of new control programs within high-quality production processes, contributing to sustainable and technological progress.

Interesting Links...


Option One

Send your CV directly to us in confidence 

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Interested in working in the Netherlands?  We currently recruit for South Africans for the various top Businesses in the Netherlands  


Our recruitment partners and clients currently have many vacancies  across a large range of jobs. 

We work directly with their engineering placement teams who are based across the major cities in The Netherlands. 

Due to a large number of roles, our recruitment partners will match your CV for their client's job specifications.    

Option Two

Join on live online confidential DBA...

We have a very busy confidential database where you can register your CV. Your details are stored confidentially and viewed by international recruiters and our trained staff. 

Option Three

Browse our International roles on our career portal and apply

We have a very busy confidential database where you can register your CV. Your details are stored confidentially and viewed by international recruiters and our trained staff. 

FAQ - Important Relocation Information

How does the process work? 

Once you have submitted your CV, your details will be sent to a Dutch consultant who will make contact with you for a discussion. The consultant will match your skills to their client's job specs and discuss details with you during the meeting, there is no need to prepare for the meeting and everything happens over Zoom or Teams.  Your CV will then be shortlisted and you will be invited for an interview with our client, these meetings are with the actual line managers at the businesses and there is seldom more than two interviews. The process is very streamlined.

What about the VISA process? 

All VISA’s are managed, paid for and applied by either the hiring company or recruiter.  Nearly all sponsors in the Netherlands have an in-house relocation and VISA specialist that manages the entire process. The VISA’s are all managed under the Dutch High Skills Visa. There are no hidden costs, as JSI handles the fee and not you. With regards to moving to the Netherlands, the sponsors provide full relocation support as they want you to be working with as little effort as possible. Spousal VISA’s are also included with all these relocation packages. 


Who covers relocation and housing? 

All support is provided via a dedicated relocation unit based with each recruiter at the head office. 

This includes in most cases housing for the entire family. 


All partners and spouses are relocated with their families with the recruiter managing the application process. 

Must I speak Dutch? 

All the companies that our recruiters place with accept South African English-speaking candidates. 


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