Network Engineer

Network Engineer

Job Title: Network Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Mechelen, Antwerp
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH7939
Contact Name: David Lawrence
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 13, 2018 10:32

Job Description

Some challenges of rapidly expanding a Dutch company
Setting up a Dutch business is relatively easy, the country is ideally suited for establishing business links, and a successful small business can quickly become a successful growing business.

The Netherlands is a fabulous location, businesswise, the equivalent, perhaps of a convenience store just outside a school, when it comes to trading within Europe and further afield. From the Netherlands, a company has easy access to all of Europe, and also the Middle East and even Africa too. It is easy to arrange transport for products, which can travel by road, by rail and by sea, making logistics relatively easy to manage.

The whole country is geared towards enabling business: there is a very pragmatic approach to business, with steps taken to ensure that growth of good business is encouraged. The Dutch, as a nationality, tend to be very down-to-earth and practical. Therefore, if you have unusual business needs or want to make an application for certain circumstances, just ask. There is no need for flowery or poetic politicking, just say what you need to say clearly and concisely.

However, it is not all plain and easy sailing: some of the Dutch rules, regulations and taxes are very complicated indeed… Red tape is plentiful and this can cause huge delays on your projects, so always make sure that you are fully au fait with the applications that you will need to make and how long they will take. Here are a couple of examples:

Construction permits take a lot of time - sometimes more than 150 days, because there are fourteen different processes that must be completed before the permit is granted. While this may seem like overkill, it most certainly is not. Do not forget that much of the Netherlands is built on reclaimed ground, and that the Dutch, as a result, are extremely protective of their land. Some of the processes include soil analyses and informing government departments on the heating insulation that will be used in the buildings.

Corporate tax requires nine separate annual payments and working these out take up a good deal of time and concentration. For example, health insurance is one instance of monies covered by these tax payments and ensuring that you have set aside and paid the correct amount can take up an inordinate amount of time - and this will be much longer the first few times you have to fill in all the details!

Your Dutch company can certainly grow rapidly in the Netherlands - it is a superb place to trade. Just make sure that it does not grow so rapidly that you fall behind on your legal requirements as it does so!