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 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 19 Manufacture of coke and petroleum 2019 . . . .
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 24-25 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 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 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 E Water supply and waste management 2019 651 276 24 100
Total 69-71 Management, technical consultancy 2019 12,794 6,186 465 2,580
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
0 to 49 employed persons 17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 . . . 70
0 to 49 employed persons 17 Manufacture of paper 2019 83 20 1 20
0 to 49 employed persons 19 Manufacture of coke and petroleum 2019 . . . .
0 to 49 employed persons 20 Manufacture of chemicals 2019 814 383 27 155
0 to 49 employed persons 21 Manufacture of pharmaceuticals 2019 . . . 30
0 to 49 employed persons 22 Manufacture rubber, plastic products 2019 . . . 195
0 to 49 employed persons 23 Manufacture of building materials 2019 104 64 4 45
0 to 49 employed persons 24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 2,421 890 57 645
0 to 49 employed persons 24 Manufacture of basic metals 2019 110 57 3 25
0 to 49 employed persons 25 Manufacture of metal products 2019 2,311 833 54 620
0 to 49 employed persons 26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 3,753 1,778 124 870
0 to 49 employed persons 26 Manufacture of electronic products 2019 1,549 1,044 69 245
0 to 49 employed persons 27 Manufacture of electric equipment 2019 419 183 13 125
0 to 49 employed persons 28 Manufacture of machinery n.e.c. 2019 1,785 551 42 495
0 to 49 employed persons 29 Manufacture of cars and trailers 2019 . . . 65
0 to 49 employed persons 30 Manufacture of other transport 2019 . . . 70
0 to 49 employed persons 31 Manufacture of furniture 2019 505 168 7 75
0 to 49 employed persons 32 Manufacture of other products 2019 . . . 135
0 to 49 employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2019 . . . 65
0 to 49 employed persons 69-71 Management, technical consultancy 2019 7,360 3,261 202 2,415
50 to 249 employed persons C Manufacturing 2019 15,034 9,581 885 1,265
50 to 249 employed persons 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 1,415 1,054 86 200
50 to 249 employed persons 10 Manufacture of food products 2019 . . . 190
50 to 249 employed persons 11 Manufacture of beverages 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons 12 Manufacture of tobacco products 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons 13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 218 173 20 30
50 to 249 employed persons 13 Manufacture of textiles 2019 134 104 11 25
50 to 249 employed persons 14 Manufacture of wearing apparel 2019 0 0 0 0
50 to 249 employed persons 15 Manufacture of leather and footwear 2019 84 69 9 5
50 to 249 employed persons 16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 230 99 10 45
50 to 249 employed persons 16 Manufacture of wood products 2019 75 32 2 15
50 to 249 employed persons 17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 405 193 25 70
50 to 249 employed persons 17 Manufacture of paper 2019 347 157 22 55
50 to 249 employed persons 19 Manufacture of coke and petroleum 2019 . . . .
50 to 249 employed persons 20 Manufacture of chemicals 2019 952 774 77 85
50 to 249 employed persons 21 Manufacture of pharmaceuticals 2019 223 158 15 15
50 to 249 employed persons 22 Manufacture rubber, plastic products 2019 . . . 90
50 to 249 employed persons 23 Manufacture of building materials 2019 155 67 8 25
50 to 249 employed persons 24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 . . . 220
50 to 249 employed persons 24 Manufacture of basic metals 2019 . . . 30
50 to 249 employed persons 25 Manufacture of metal products 2019 1,598 807 71 190
50 to 249 employed persons 26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 7,223 4,694 436 365
50 to 249 employed persons 26 Manufacture of electronic products 2019 1,631 1,370 140 55
50 to 249 employed persons 27 Manufacture of electric equipment 2019 . . . 45
50 to 249 employed persons 28 Manufacture of machinery n.e.c. 2019 . . . 260
50 to 249 employed persons 29 Manufacture of cars and trailers 2019 322 139 10 35
50 to 249 employed persons 30 Manufacture of other transport 2019 543 298 24 40
50 to 249 employed persons 31 Manufacture of furniture 2019 104 73 5 25
50 to 249 employed persons 32 Manufacture of other products 2019 465 330 30 30
50 to 249 employed persons E Water supply and waste management 2019 89 38 4 25
50 to 249 employed persons 69-71 Management, technical consultancy 2019 . . . 115
250 and more employed persons C Manufacturing 2019 35,431 32,727 4,648 280
250 and more employed persons 10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 3,035 2,434 314 55
250 and more employed persons 10 Manufacture of food products 2019 2,943 2,357 305 50
250 and more employed persons 11 Manufacture of beverages 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons 12 Manufacture of tobacco products 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons 13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 . . . .
250 and more employed persons 13 Manufacture of textiles 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