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 2019 171,143 115,124 11,846 19,550
Total A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 4,639 2,652 337 620
Total B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2019 63,840 48,394 6,004 4,565
Total B Mining and quarrying 2019 265 152 24 20
Total C Manufacturing 2019 62,353 47,619 5,914 4,385
Total D Energy supply 2019 570 346 42 60
Total E Water supply and waste management 2019 651 276 24 100
Total F Construction 2019 3,152 1,288 100 710
Total G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 14,468 9,282 790 2,750
Total G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 11,909 7,636 647 2,360
Total H Transportation and storage 2019 2,468 1,608 140 350
Total I Accommodation and food serving 2019 90 38 3 40
Total J Information and communication 2019 34,708 23,341 1,690 3,665
Total K Financial institutions 2019 7,420 4,429 439 1,685
Total L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 157 87 8 55
Total M-N Business services 2019 33,988 21,469 2,124 4,555
Total M Other specialised business services 2019 30,203 19,943 2,004 3,785
Total N Renting and other business support 2019 3,786 1,526 120 770
Total O-Q Government and care 2019 . . . .
Total O Public administration and services 2019 . . . .
Total P Education 2019 . . . .
Total Q Health and social work activities 2019 . . . .
Total R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2019 . . . .
Total R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 . . . .
Total S Other service activities 2019 . . . .
Total T Activities of households 2019 . . . .
Total U Extraterritorial organisations 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons A-U All economic activities 2019 52,835 25,399 1,654 15,750
0 to 49 employed persons A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 1,482 579 37 575
0 to 49 employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2019 12,293 5,478 393 2,955
0 to 49 employed persons B Mining and quarrying 2019 31 9 1 10
0 to 49 employed persons C Manufacturing 2019 11,888 5,311 381 2,835
0 to 49 employed persons D Energy supply 2019 . . . 45
0 to 49 employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2019 . . . 65
0 to 49 employed persons F Construction 2019 1,955 697 45 540
0 to 49 employed persons G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 4,581 2,138 127 2,145
0 to 49 employed persons G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3,968 1,888 116 1,870
0 to 49 employed persons H Transportation and storage 2019 603 247 10 265
0 to 49 employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2019 10 3 0 10
0 to 49 employed persons J Information and communication 2019 14,200 7,846 428 3,225
0 to 49 employed persons K Financial institutions 2019 3,167 1,004 71 1,600
0 to 49 employed persons L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 52 28 3 35
0 to 49 employed persons M-N Business services 2019 13,576 7,235 528 4,080
0 to 49 employed persons M Other specialised business services 2019 12,410 6,866 501 3,485
0 to 49 employed persons N Renting and other business support 2019 1,166 369 27 595
0 to 49 employed persons O-Q Government and care 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons O Public administration and services 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons P Education 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons Q Health and social work activities 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons S Other service activities 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons T Activities of households 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons U Extraterritorial organisations 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons A-U All economic activities 2019 38,046 24,889 2,227 2,865
50 to 249 employed persons A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 334 145 17 35
50 to 249 employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2019 15,320 9,768 901 1,310
50 to 249 employed persons B Mining and quarrying 2019 . . . 10
50 to 249 employed persons C Manufacturing 2019 15,034 9,581 885 1,265
50 to 249 employed persons D Energy supply 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2019 89 38 4 25
50 to 249 employed persons F Construction 2019 466 235 23 115
50 to 249 employed persons G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 5,003 3,372 321 495
50 to 249 employed persons G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 4,729 3,197 308 425
50 to 249 employed persons H Transportation and storage 2019 229 159 12 45
50 to 249 employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2019 45 15 1 25
50 to 249 employed persons J Information and communication 2019 7,887 5,464 398 365
50 to 249 employed persons K Financial institutions 2019 . . . 40
50 to 249 employed persons L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 . . . 20
50 to 249 employed persons M-N Business services 2019 7,888 5,422 533 350
50 to 249 employed persons M Other specialised business services 2019 7,243 4,970 502 235
50 to 249 employed persons N Renting and other business support 2019 645 452 31 115
50 to 249 employed persons O-Q Government and care 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons O Public administration and services 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons P Education 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons Q Health and social work activities 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons S Other service activities 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons T Activities of households 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons U Extraterritorial organisations 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons A-U All economic activities 2019 80,262 64,835 7,965 930
250 and more employed persons A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 2,823 1,929 283 10
250 and more employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2019 36,227 33,147 4,710 295
250 and more employed persons B Mining and quarrying 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons C Manufacturing 2019 35,431 32,727 4,648 280
250 and more employed persons D Energy supply 2019 296 155 27 5
250 and more employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons F Construction 2019 731 356 33 50
250 and more employed persons G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 4,884 3,772 343 115
250 and more employed persons G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3,212 2,551 223 70
250 and more employed persons H Transportation and storage 2019 1,637 1,202 117 40
250 and more employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2019 35 20 2 5
250 and more employed persons J Information and communication 2019 12,621 10,030 864 75
250 and more employed persons K Financial institutions 2019 . . . 45
250 and more employed persons L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons M-N Business services 2019 12,524 8,812 1,063 125
250 and more employed persons M Other specialised business services 2019 10,550 8,107 1,001 65
250 and more employed persons N Renting and other business support 2019 1,974 705 62 60
250 and more employed persons O-Q Government and care 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons O Public administration and services 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons P Education 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons Q Health and social work activities 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons R-U Culture, recreation, other services 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons S Other service activities 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons T Activities of households 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons U Extraterritorial organisations 2019 . . . .
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 27 July 2021:
The definitive figures about 2019 have been published.

When will new figures be published?
Mid 2022 definitive figures about 2020 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