Teaching English in the Netherlands

Netherlands Overview

The level of English is very high in the Netherlands so there is not a great demand for English tuition from the local population. However, limited opportunities to teach Advanced and Business English classes do exist in The Hague and Amsterdam and these are popular with foreigners working in the Netherlands. Salaries are relatively low when compared to living costs although it can be very lucrative for EU nationals to open up their own language schools if they wish to make Holland a long-term home. If you are able to find work then it is a delightful country to explore.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 800 – 1,500 (DOS) Various but usually including evenings and weekends 2 weeks plus national holidays
National and International schools and universities 2,500 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Amsterdam, The Hague.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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1. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.

2. EU nationals should consider setting up their own language school if they wish to reside in the Netherlands for a long time.

3. Learn some Dutch language – it will go a long way to endearing you to local people (even if your pronunciation is terrible!)

Red tape

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.

Cost of living

Living costs are moderately high.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.


A very pleasant and safe country to live in Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Fascinating architecture and history Very few job opportunities
Excellent infrastructure High living costs

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1 Comment

  1. Teacher Leigh says:

    Hi there
    Are there any positions available in the Netherlands?

    I’m a South African woman currently living in and teaching in Thailand and would love to teach in the Netherlands

    Thanks for your time


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