Research and development; personnel, expenditure, company size, branch

Research and development; personnel, expenditure, company size, branch

Company size Sector/branches (SIC2008) Periods R&D personnel Employed persons (number) R&D personnel Years of work (number) Expenditure R&D on in-house activities (mln euro) Enterprises with in-house R&D activities (number)
Total A-U All economic activities 2020 172,993 118,355 12,314 19,720
Total A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 4,552 2,862 335 610
Total B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 63,276 48,157 6,278 4,525
Total B Mining and quarrying 2020 419 180 29 25
Total C Manufacturing 2020 61,657 47,352 6,178 4,350
Total D Energy supply 2020 616 376 47 60
Total E Water supply and waste management 2020 583 249 25 85
Total F Construction 2020 3,164 1,349 99 685
Total G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2020 14,748 9,654 758 2,580
Total G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 12,259 7,989 649 2,270
Total H Transportation and storage 2020 2,385 1,621 106 280
Total I Accommodation and food serving 2020 104 44 3 30
Total J Information and communication 2020 33,835 23,972 1,709 3,765
Total K Financial institutions 2020 6,563 4,326 462 1,765
Total L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 169 92 7 60
Total M-N Business services 2020 37,526 23,359 2,269 4,780
Total M Other specialised business services 2020 33,133 21,525 2,136 3,865
Total N Renting and other business support 2020 4,393 1,834 133 915
Total O-Q Government and care 2020 . . . .
Total O Public administration and services 2020 . . . .
Total P Education 2020 . . . .
Total Q Health and social work activities 2020 . . . .
Total R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2020 . . . .
Total R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 . . . .
Total S Other service activities 2020 . . . .
Total T Activities of households 2020 . . . .
Total U Extraterritorial organisations 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons A-U All economic activities 2020 53,709 27,085 1,738 15,800
0 to 49 employed persons A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 1,472 554 37 565
0 to 49 employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 12,732 5,480 394 2,905
0 to 49 employed persons B Mining and quarrying 2020 . . . 10
0 to 49 employed persons C Manufacturing 2020 12,369 5,307 381 2,800
0 to 49 employed persons D Energy supply 2020 . . . 45
0 to 49 employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2020 131 38 3 55
0 to 49 employed persons F Construction 2020 1,823 677 39 510
0 to 49 employed persons G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2020 4,615 2,350 123 1,905
0 to 49 employed persons G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 4,047 1,990 108 1,715
0 to 49 employed persons H Transportation and storage 2020 551 351 14 180
0 to 49 employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2020 17 9 1 10
0 to 49 employed persons J Information and communication 2020 13,031 8,315 472 3,315
0 to 49 employed persons K Financial institutions 2020 2,325 984 66 1,675
0 to 49 employed persons L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 45 22 2 40
0 to 49 employed persons M-N Business services 2020 16,057 8,231 583 4,305
0 to 49 employed persons M Other specialised business services 2020 14,435 7,586 545 3,550
0 to 49 employed persons N Renting and other business support 2020 1,622 645 38 755
0 to 49 employed persons O-Q Government and care 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons O Public administration and services 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons P Education 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons Q Health and social work activities 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons S Other service activities 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons T Activities of households 2020 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons U Extraterritorial organisations 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons A-U All economic activities 2020 37,480 25,469 2,257 2,905
50 to 249 employed persons A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 486 317 36 40
50 to 249 employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 14,288 9,628 883 1,305
50 to 249 employed persons B Mining and quarrying 2020 110 59 6 15
50 to 249 employed persons C Manufacturing 2020 13,895 9,407 865 1,255
50 to 249 employed persons D Energy supply 2020 151 122 8 10
50 to 249 employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2020 132 40 4 25
50 to 249 employed persons F Construction 2020 572 303 18 115
50 to 249 employed persons G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2020 5,192 3,684 337 530
50 to 249 employed persons G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 4,991 3,591 331 465
50 to 249 employed persons H Transportation and storage 2020 172 86 6 55
50 to 249 employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2020 29 7 0 10
50 to 249 employed persons J Information and communication 2020 7,274 5,221 422 370
50 to 249 employed persons K Financial institutions 2020 . . . 45
50 to 249 employed persons L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 . . . 20
50 to 249 employed persons M-N Business services 2020 8,021 5,576 501 340
50 to 249 employed persons M Other specialised business services 2020 7,372 5,106 468 245
50 to 249 employed persons N Renting and other business support 2020 650 470 33 90
50 to 249 employed persons O-Q Government and care 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons O Public administration and services 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons P Education 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons Q Health and social work activities 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons S Other service activities 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons T Activities of households 2020 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons U Extraterritorial organisations 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons A-U All economic activities 2020 81,803 65,801 8,319 1,015
250 and more employed persons A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 2,594 1,992 263 10
250 and more employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 36,255 33,049 5,001 315
250 and more employed persons B Mining and quarrying 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons C Manufacturing 2020 35,393 32,638 4,932 295
250 and more employed persons D Energy supply 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2020 320 171 18 10
250 and more employed persons F Construction 2020 768 369 42 60
250 and more employed persons G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2020 4,941 3,619 298 140
250 and more employed persons G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 3,222 2,407 210 85
250 and more employed persons H Transportation and storage 2020 1,662 1,184 86 45
250 and more employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2020 58 28 2 10
250 and more employed persons J Information and communication 2020 13,530 10,437 815 75
250 and more employed persons K Financial institutions 2020 . . . 50
250 and more employed persons L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons M-N Business services 2020 13,448 9,551 1,184 135
250 and more employed persons M Other specialised business services 2020 11,326 8,833 1,122 65
250 and more employed persons N Renting and other business support 2020 2,122 719 62 65
250 and more employed persons O-Q Government and care 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons O Public administration and services 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons P Education 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons Q Health and social work activities 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons S Other service activities 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons T Activities of households 2020 . . . .
250 and more employed persons U Extraterritorial organisations 2020 . . . .
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

Table description


This table contains figures regarding enterprises that conduct in-house Research and Development (R&D) activities with own or external personnel. Additionally figures are available regarding the personnel and the expenditure related to these R&D activities.

The figures are broken down by company size and branch of industry according to the Standard Industrial Classification 2008 (SIC 2008).

The R&D activities are conducted in-house by own or external personnel in the Netherlands. Outsourced R&D is not included in this table. Furthermore, this table only concerns the "businesses" sector. The sectors "institutions" and "higher education" are not included in this table.

Data available from: 2013

Status of the figures:
All figures are definitive.

Changes as of 26 August 2022:
The definitive figures about 2020 have been published.

When will new figures be published?
Mid 2023 definitive figures about 2021 will be published.

Description topics

R&D personnel
The personnel that conducts the in-house R&D activities, expressed in numbers of employed persons and years of work.
Employed persons
Someone working for a company located in the Netherlands, or for an institution or private household in the Netherlands.

In order to be included in the R&D personnel an employed person needs to spend at least 0,1 FTE annually on R&D related activities.

Employed persons are all persons having paid jobs, even for only one or some hours a week, and even if they:
- work legally as such, but without registration for income tax and social security (“undeclared work”);
- are temporarily not at work, but have continued receipt of wages or salary (for instance in case of illness or hold-ups due to frost);
- are on a temporary unpaid-leave.
Employed persons can be divided into employees and the self-employed persons. They can live in the Netherlands, but also abroad.

Years of work
A measure for the volume of work, calculated by converting all jobs (full-time and part-time) into full-time jobs, also known as full-time equivalents (FTE).

As such, when combined, the volume of work of two half jobs (0.5 FTE each) totals one year of work.
Expenditure R&D on in-house activities
Enterprises with in-house R&D activities