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 B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 63,276 48,157 6,278 4,525
Total 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2020 4,332 3,174 328 455
Total 10 Manufacture of food products 2020 4,208 3,080 317 435
Total 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 2020 13,409 11,867 1,506 455
Total I Accommodation and food serving 2020 104 44 3 30
0 to 49 employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 12,732 5,480 394 2,905
0 to 49 employed persons 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2020 597 156 9 205
0 to 49 employed persons 10 Manufacture of food products 2020 586 151 8 195
0 to 49 employed persons 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 2020 1,811 1,300 92 325
0 to 49 employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2020 17 9 1 10
50 to 249 employed persons B-E Industry (no construction), energy 2020 14,288 9,628 883 1,305
50 to 249 employed persons 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2020 1,259 866 67 190
50 to 249 employed persons 10 Manufacture of food products 2020 . . . 180
50 to 249 employed persons 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 2020 . . . 100
50 to 249 employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2020 29 7 0 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 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2020 2,476 2,152 252 60
250 and more employed persons 10 Manufacture of food products 2020 . . . 55
250 and more employed persons 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 2020 . . . 25
250 and more employed persons I Accommodation and food serving 2020 58 28 2 10
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