The Netherlands is a real hotbed of tech and software development. More than once, it has been referred to as Europe’s Silicon Valley. With excellent transport connections to Europe, and the world, and a population who can almost all speak fluent English, this is the place to be if you’re thinking of starting a career in software development.
Software Developer Salaries in the Netherlands
So, software developer salaries in the Netherlands, what are they like? Well, according to payscale.com, a website which monitors salaries for all industries around the world, the starting salary for a junior software developer would be in the region of €36,000. Glassdoor.com reckons that the average software developer salary, in general, is €53,164. Those numbers aren’t wildly out of line with what you might earn in other major European cities.
However, there’s more at play here than just the bald gross salary figure. The Netherlands is renowned around the world as not only having one of the best work-life balances but also being a surprisingly affordable country in which to live. In fact, according to numbeo.com, Amsterdam is one of the most affordable capital cities in which to live, with a cost of living index figure of 80.6. For comparison purposes, Paris has a figure of 85.09, London 84.55, Dublin 93.70, and San Francisco 90.93. (The highest cost of living index is Basel in Switzerland, with a cost of living index of 130.3.).
Also, if you’re not from here, but are thinking of moving, you may be eligible for a 30% tax break. The Dutch government introduced this to tempt the best overseas graduates to make the move.
The best city to work in tech
Hubspot.com recently gave Amsterdam an award as The Best City To Work In Tech In Europe, citing average net salaries in the tech sector of €4,036 per month and a ‘Standard Of Living’ score of 178 — higher than that managed by Berlin, Dublin, London, or Paris. The OECD also pointed out that: “Evidence suggests that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardise safety and increase stress. In the Netherlands, 0.5 per cent of employees work very long hours, the lowest rate in the OECD, where the average is 13 per cent.”
There’s more, though. The Netherlands is famed for having an excellent work-life balance. Serbian-born blogger and iOS engineer, Milan Stevanović, who now lives and works in Amsterdam, rates the city highly for aspects outside of work. “You will (almost) never work more than 8 hours per day and many companies offer the opportunity of working as little as two or three days per week. Many of my colleagues (and in general a lot of people here) work only four days a week because they want to spend more times with their families. After five o’ clock, you don’t send emails or call anyone regarding work, it’s simply not done here” said Milan in his post on medium.com, and that sounds like a little slice of heaven to us.
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