FAQ - Developers

Where are the job openings located?

We have a big network of high tech companies in The Netherlands, Canada and Germany. Most likely you will relocate to Amsterdam, Toronto or Berlin to work at one of the companies in this region.
 

Who is responsible for my visa?

After your contract has been approved, your employer will take charge of the visa process and help make the process as painless as possible. This will involve the immigration institutions in your new home and the country's embassy in your country of origin. Caspar coding may give advice from what we have seen others go through, but we are almost powerless at this stage.


For how long will I be working there?
The contract extends to a period of 2-3 years. Working for 2-3 years in one of the fastest growing tech ecosystems will help you to learn and grow rapidly. If you wish,  after this period you could return to the country of origin with a lot of new experiences, or maybe you’d prefer to extend the period and continue living/working in The Netherlands or another city in Europe.


How often can I go back to my home country?

As an employee, you are entitled to leave days (depends on the partner but the minimum is 20 days per year) and the public holidays (9 days per year). You can use these days as you wish. You are free to fly back home or any other country.
 

What's the salary range?

There are 3 different salary ranges for foreigners in the Netherlands:

  • The minimum salary requirement to qualify as a knowledge migrant is 3.299 EURO for people under the age of 30 years. However, the actual salary can be higher than the minimum requirement. This is exclusive of an 8% holiday allowance (which is a requirement in the Netherlands) on top of your annual salary.

  • The minimum salary requirement to qualify as a knowledge migrant is 4.500 EURO for people of 30 years and older. However, the actual salary can be higher than the minimum requirement. This is exclusive of an 8% holiday allowance (which is a requirement in the Netherlands) on top of your annual salary.

 

Why is there a difference in salary if you’re under or over 30 years?
The Dutch government has set this general rule because of the difference in years of experience someone could have. However, someone under the age of 30 years is much more likely to be hired because of the lower salary.

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Can I bring my family over?

If you have a wife and kids it’s legally possible to bring them permanently after 6 months. We must say that it’s not our preference because working in the Netherlands should be considered as a temporary thing. It might bring a lot of complications such as finding bigger apartments, finding good schools, etc. in the end we don’t want to cause a brain drain which could happen if your family gets attached to The Netherlands, but are free to make that decision.
 

What about my insurance?

The basic package in the Netherlands is compulsory and provides the same basic health coverage across all insurers, as it is set by the government. Basic health insurance costs around €80 per month.
 

How does transport work in The Netherlands
In The Netherlands, almost everyone owns a bike. Besides that The Netherlands has one of the best public transport systems in the world (trams, trains, metros, and busses).

 

Is living in Europe expensive?

In Mercer’s living standard survey, the only Dutch city to make the top 15 is Amsterdam (12th place worldwide). However, there are many cities in the Netherlands that offer expats a high standard of living, ample green spaces and quality public infrastructure, and at more affordable rates than the Dutch capital, for example, Utrecht, Amstelveen, The Hague, Rotterdam or Haarlem.

The general cost of living in the Netherlands is typically cheaper than its western European counterparts, despite offering the same standard of quality for food, housing, utilities, and public transport.

Food, on the other hand, is typically an affordable expense when budgeting the cost of living in the Netherlands. On average you should expect to pay between €6 and €12 for lunch in an average bar, café or restaurant or up to €5 for a sandwich or bakery snack. To compare the Netherlands' cost of living, a McDonald's value meal is € 7, a cup of coffee is around €1,50 to €3,- and a pint of beer is between €2,50 and €4,-.  

Other typical expenses in the Netherlands include buying a bicycle, which can be an essential investment for saving money on public transport or owning your own car.

Is Caspar Coding only involved in the first stage of the relocation process?

We’ll stay involved during the entire period. This means that we are building a community of international software developers based in NL and we will host meetups.