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How long are people prepared to commute for "the perfect role" in the Netherlands?

By Mark Crorkin |

Finding the right job with the right company as well as the pay and working hours you’re looking for in your career can be tricky enough. When you factor in commute times too, this can add a whole other dimension to a job search.

A recent Statistics Netherland survey revealed the average commuting distance for workers was usually between 15 and 35 kilometres. Two-thirds of the country commutes outside of the place they work. So how far will someone commute for “the perfect role”?

The perfect role can mean many different things to each candidate. Often, it’s about finding a balance between wish lists and practicality. Attracting the right candidates means showing them that their commute time is outweighed by career progression, pay remuneration and working culture.

Commutes aren’t always bad news for an employee. Sometimes that journey to and from work can allow for time to prepare for the day ahead and decompress after a hard day on the way home. However, the potential for disruption to travel is an important factor to remember both for employees and employers; keeping this risk manageable is the key to success for both parties.

There are cities in The Netherlands which are more commuter friendly and are a more attractive prospect for job seekers. The intercity trains run between major cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda, with journey times of only 30 minutes. If travelling by train isn’t to your taste, then you can always cycle. Most Dutch cities are bike friendly, with new cycle lanes popping up all the time, making this trend a much-loved solution to the commuting crisis.

The commute times into Amsterdam vary from a 15-20 minute train from Harleem to 27 minutes from Utrecht and around 45 minutes from Naarden. Commuting outside of Amsterdam to another city varies. For Rotterdam to Utrecht it averages 33 minutes compared to 1 hour 20 minutes from Rotterdam to Eindhoven. The fastest commutes are via intercity trains compared to longer commutes by car on congested intercity routes.

Commuting is important to consider in your job search as it can make or break how much you enjoy your job. The good news is The Netherlands is an exceptionally commuter-friendly country with people willing to travel some distance for the perfect job.


Mark Crorkin

Written by Mark Crorkin

Mark is one of the Senior Client Account Managers with over 156years of experience in the recruitment industry. Mark places change leads and change managers with fast-growing and leading brands.