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International orgs good for The Hague’s economy

27,000 jobs in The Hague region

Published: 14 June 2011 Modified: 19 November 2013

The Hague’s economy is doing well thanks to the presence of the international organisations in and around the city.

The international organisations generate 35,500 jobs in the Netherlands - 77% in The Hague and region - and are thus the most important employment engine for The Hague and the region. In total the international organisations spent € 2.7 billion in The Hague region in 2010. 

These were the findings of the latest report by the independent consultancy firm Decisio released in June 2011. The report on the economic impact of the international organisations was commissioned by the Municipality of The Hague.  

Deputy Mayor Marjolein de Jong (International Affairs) explained, ‘The number of jobs increased by an average of more than 8% over the last three years among the international organisations which participated in the 2007 study. Jobs not only for well educated lawyers, but also for IT specialists working at one of the organisations or the local baker whose clientele comes mainly from the international community. If you look at the figures, you see that each job at an international organisation means one job in the local economy.’

The Decisio report found that the number of jobs at the international organisations increased from 14,200 in 2007 to 18,200 in 2010. Employment included skilled and unskilled jobs in IT, cleaning, security, communications and financial services. In addition, another 17,500 jobs with third parties in the Netherlands were an indirect spin-off of the international organisations thanks to consumer spending by international staff and the acquisition of products and services.

Decisio report

Significance to the local economy

The international organisations spent a total of € 2.7 billion in 2010, up from € 1.7 billion in 2007. This was an increase of more than 60% in three years. International staff also spent almost € 700 million on goods and services, which generated more than 5,000 jobs in other sectors. Almost half of these jobs were located in The Hague and more than one-third in The Hague region.

The international cluster is becoming increasingly important to the city of The Hague. In 2004 the international organisations represented 3.9% of the total employment, compared to 5.7% in 2007, while in 2010 7.3% of The Hague's jobs were directly or indirectly related to these organisations (4.5% within the region).

The report said that the international organisations decided to locate to the region because other prestigious international organisations are based here. The city's accessibility and proximity to international airports like the Rotterdam-The Hague Airport also played a role in the decision to locate here. Appreciation was expressed for the services provided by the Municipality of The Hague to international staff, including the recently-opened The Hague International Centre. Expats can use the centre to register with the municipality and get information about living and working in The Hague.

Read more about the Decisio report's findings in the downloadable PDF.

PDF fileEnglish summary of the Decisio report 2010  (PDF, 870 kB)

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