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Excerpted from the Netherlands Career Guide

The Netherlands is the birthplace of Bluetooth technology and WiFi.It is a world leader in high tech, particularly for communication systems and the development and manufacturing of equipment and micro/nano components (such as embedded systems), software and nano-electronics. It is also the world's fourth-largest exporter of IT services. Roughly 70 percent of innovation in The Netherlands is in IT, and leads to progress in sectors as diverse as water management, food and cut flowers. There are also several public-private partnerships that promote research areas such as parallel computing, modeling, multimedia technologies and virtual laboratories.

Areas of Job Promise

IT specialist positions are especially hard to fill in The Netherlands, where it ranks as the fifth most difficult job to fill, according to the European Vacancy Monitor. While computer science graduates have been in decline, Empirica, a private international research and consulting firm based in Bonn, Germany, predicts the EU will face a shortage of 384,000 ICT jobs by 2015. “ICT practitioner jobs are highly resistant to the crisis, with unemployment 40 to 50 percent lower than general rates,” according to Werner B. Korte, CEO of Empirica. “Data shows the e-skills gap will amount to between 1.7 percent and 13 percent of unfilled vacancies by 2015 in Europe.”

Organizations and Trade Associations

Nederlands genootschap voor Informatica (NgI) 
Dutch Computer Society
http://www.ngi.nl/ (Dutch)
NgI is a Dutch platform for ICT professionals in The Netherlands with more than 2,500 members. Its goal is the advancement of knowledge of and interest in ICT in a wide sense. This broad objective offers the possibility of developing new activities to keep up with IT developments. NgI is a member of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing). It organizes more than 100 events throughout the year.

NgI 
Postbus 1058 
NL-3860 BB Nijkerk 
Tel: +31 (0)33 247 34 27 
Fax: +31 (0)33 246 04 70 
Email: info.ngi@ngi.nl

Publications

De Automatiseringsgids
http://www.automatiseringgids.nl/ (Dutch)
Since being launched as a newsletter in 1995, De Automatiseringsgids has grown into a paid weekly publication about the Dutch IT industry. The magazine is an excellent resource for technology and business news and analysis. De Automatiseringsgids’ website provides the magazine’s articles, archived content, research reports and more information exclusively for subscribers. It offers free newsletter editions including the morning edition, the afternoon edition, the ‘Whitepaper Bulletin’ and the ‘News Alert.’

De Automatiseringsgids
SDU Klantenservice
Postbus 20014
NL-2500 EA Den Haag
Tel: +31 (0)70 378 9880
Email: www.sdu.nl/service

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Netherlands Guide.



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