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 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 4,691 3,574 407 460
Total 10 Manufacture of food products 2019 4,549 3,468 395 440
Total 11 Manufacture of beverages 2019 106 86 10 10
Total 12 Manufacture of tobacco products 2019 37 21 2 5
Total 13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 510 330 32 105
Total 13 Manufacture of textiles 2019 359 230 21 75
Total 14 Manufacture of wearing apparel 2019 28 9 1 10
Total 15 Manufacture of leather and footwear 2019 123 91 11 20
Total 16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 712 303 26 165
Total 16 Manufacture of wood products 2019 308 88 6 80
Total 17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 849 440 45 150
Total 17 Manufacture of paper 2019 609 326 37 85
Total 18 Printing and reproduction 2019 239 114 8 65
Total 19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2019 9,746 8,012 1,138 625
Total 19 Manufacture of coke and petroleum 2019 . . . .
Total 20-21 Chemistry and pharmaceuticals 2019 7,542 6,512 829 325
Total 20 Manufacture of chemicals 2019 5,318 4,515 565 270
Total 21 Manufacture of pharmaceuticals 2019 2,224 1,997 264 55
Total 22 Manufacture rubber, plastic products 2019 . . . 295
Total 23 Manufacture of building materials 2019 404 215 20 85
Total 24-30, 33 Metalectro 2019 43,901 33,884 4,187 2,605
Total 24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 5,536 2,843 275 895
Total 24 Manufacture of basic metals 2019 1,029 659 86 65
Total 25 Manufacture of metal products 2019 4,507 2,184 189 830
Total 26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 32,822 27,521 3,582 1,285
Total 26-27 Elektrical and electron. Industry 2019 13,244 11,588 1,395 495
Total 26 Manufacture of electronic products 2019 8,175 7,142 867 315
Total 27 Manufacture of electric equipment 2019 5,069 4,446 528 180
Total 28 Manufacture of machinery n.e.c. 2019 19,578 15,932 2,186 790
Total 29-30 Transport equipment 2019 4,197 3,063 291 230
Total 29 Manufacture of cars and trailers 2019 2,458 2,051 209 110
Total 30 Manufacture of other transport 2019 1,739 1,013 82 120
Total 31 Manufacture of furniture 2019 680 301 16 105
Total 32 Manufacture of other products 2019 1,264 775 62 170
Total 33 Repair and installation of machinery 2019 1,346 457 39 190
Total D Energy supply 2019 570 346 42 60
Total 35 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 58-60 Publishing, movie, radio and TV 2019 . . . 105
Total 58 Publishing 2019 1,116 663 67 55
Total 59 Film, TV and music production etc 2019 164 117 9 45
Total 60 Programming and broadcasting 2019 . . . .
Total 61 Telecommunications 2019 . . . 60
Total 62-63 IT- and information services 2019 26,460 16,976 1,206 3,500
Total 62 Support activities in the field of IT 2019 24,673 16,070 1,152 3,240
Total 63 Information service activities 2019 1,787 907 54 260
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 68 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 69-71 Management, technical consultancy 2019 12,794 6,186 465 2,580
Total 69 Legal services, administration etc. 2019 285 178 16 45
Total 70 Holding companies (not financial) 2019 3,797 1,734 118 1,035
Total 71 Architects, technical services etc. 2019 8,712 4,274 331 1,505
Total 72 Research and development 2019 15,438 12,370 1,452 685
Total 73-75 Advertising, design and other 2019 1,970 1,387 87 520
Total 73 Advertising and market research 2019 . . . 215
Total 74 Other specialised business services 2019 1,069 814 51 300
Total 75 Veterinary activities 2019 . . . .
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 84 Public administration and services 2019 . . . .
Total P Education 2019 . . . .
Total 85 Education 2019 . . . .
Total Q Health and social work activities 2019 . . . .
Total 87-88 Care and social work 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 . . . .
Total 99 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 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 241 87 8 200
0 to 49 employed persons 10 Manufacture of food products 2019 . . . 200
0 to 49 employed persons 11 Manufacture of beverages 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons 12 Manufacture of tobacco products 2019 0 0 0 0
0 to 49 employed persons 13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 . . . 70
0 to 49 employed persons 13 Manufacture of textiles 2019 . . . 50
0 to 49 employed persons 14 Manufacture of wearing apparel 2019 28 9 1 10
0 to 49 employed persons 15 Manufacture of leather and footwear 2019 39 22 1 10
0 to 49 employed persons 16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 . . . 100
0 to 49 employed persons 16 Manufacture of wood products 2019 . . . 60
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