All these months, there were layoffs and pay cuts due to the persistent COVID-19 pandemic. According to the national statistics office CBS, the Dutch official jobless rate rose to 4.5 per cent in July, as the number of unemployed went up to 419,000. In Amsterdam, around 29,000 people claimed unemployment benefits, a rise of 53 per cent on a year ago, says another report.
Companies have been reduced their recruitment numbers, while some have implemented hiring freeze indefinitely. A report by Cedefop notes that there have been 35 per cent fewer jobs listed by European companies in online job portals this year.
However, startups in the Netherlands have proved to be the best job growth engine. According to the second edition of the Dutch startup employment study by Dealroom on Dutch startup jobs, in partnership with Techleap.nl and CBRE, reveals that startups are the number one job growth engine in the Netherlands. The study finds that startups created over 109,000 jobs for people in the Netherlands and 25,000 of those were created in the last three years.
Furthermore, even during the coronavirus pandemic, when most sectors shed people, startups showed the most resilience. According to the report, compared to any other sector, job openings were up by 4 per cent YoY in Q2 2020.
Amsterdam is home to many tech unicorns and most of them are currently hiring. Saying that, let’s take a look at those unicorns from Amsterdam who are hiring right now. Tell all your friends looking for jobs.
Founder/s: Pieter van der Does, Arnout Schuijff
Founded year: 2006
Adyen helps businesses grow and meet during the constantly changing requirements of global businesses with its payment platform that is built on contemporary infrastructure, which is connected to local payment methods and offers a unified experience to buyers and provides merchants with shopper data insights.
Founder/s: Geert-Jan Bruinsma
Founded year: 1996
Booking.com is now one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Being a part of Booking Holdings Inc, Booking.com’s mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. Booking.com is available in 43 languages and offers over 28 million accommodation listings including homes, apartments and other unique places to stay.
Founder/s: Shay Banon, Simon Willnauer, Steven Schuurman, Uri Boness
Founded year: 2012
Elastic is a search company, which builds self-managed and SaaS offerings that make data usable in real-time and scalable for use cases such as site search, application search, logging, enterprise search, APM, security, metrics, business analytics, and more. Elastic is used by several global organisations including eBay, Cisco, Microsoft, etc. to power mission-critical systems.
Founder/s: Roger Hodenius, Jan van Kuijk
Founded year: 2004
Flow Traders is a leading global tech-enabled liquidity provider, which is specialised in Exchange Traded Products. The fintech company focuses on providing liquidity in financial products both on- and off-exchange across the world. It designs strategies publicly using available information and non-controversial, simple, and transparent order types.
Founder/s: Jitse Groen
Founded year: 2000
Takeaway.com is a leading online food delivery marketplace, which focuses on connecting consumers and restaurants via its platform. Its online marketplace matches both the supply and demand. Takeaway lets restaurant partners deliver food using its platform and applications. Furthermore, the food delivery marketplace also facilitates online payment process. Earlier this year, it merged with British food delivery service Just Eat, to form one of the largest food delivery groups in the world.
Founder/s: Corinne Vigreux, Peter Frans Pauwels
Founded year: 1991
TomTom has grown into a leading global brand that attained the unicorn status after its IPO in 2005. Now, TomTom is synonymous with navigation cabinets in the car and it predominantly focuses on card and software development. It is one of the most extensive digital map databases and processes billions of data points on an everyday basis to maintain and scale numerous products and services.
Founder/s: Adriaan Mol, Robert Vis
Founded year: 2011
The Dutch unicorn that serves over 15,000 global customers and resolves their communication challenges is hiring. Apply for open positions from here.
MessageBird one is a cloud communications service provider that offers voice, SMS, and chat solutions letting developers and enterprises to communicate with their customers across the world virtually. The cloud communication platform offers a suite of options that helps businesses stay on top of customer service. Earlier this year, in October, the company raised a notable €169.8M and has been valued at €2.5B.
Founder/s: Adriaan Mol
Founded year: 2004
Total funding: €121M
Mollie’s cloud-based platform serves more than 80,000 businesses in Europe. The online payment platform aims to simplify payments by offering clever products combined with great design. The Dutch startup intends to accelerate growth and expand both its commercial team and operations, and scale its product and engineering teams. In September, this year, this Amsterdam-based payment services provider became the newest member of the fintech unicorn club, after raising a whopping €90M in its series B funding round. This took the total amount raised by the company till to €115M.
Founder/s: Valery Vavilov
Founded year: 2011
The Dutch unicorn develops blockchain solutions for organisations, businesses, governments, and individuals. It provides solutions such as bitcoin mining, asset management, blockchain security, data centre cooling, and cryptocurrency compliance. Last year, Bitfury announced the launch of an AI division that will work with its portfolio of blockchain services.