Foreign companies in the Netherlands: small number, considerable turnover

26/07/2011 15:00

One percent of companies in the Netherlands are foreign-owned. These companies contribute disproportionately to the Dutch economy, however. They employ nearly 17 percent of all employees and generate 32 percent of total private sector turnover. ‘Foreign’ companies account for a relatively large share of turnover in the manufacturing industry, in particular,

Employees by country that controls their company, 2008

Employees by country that controls their company, 2008

United States largest foreign employer

Nearly 17 percent of employees in the Netherlands are employed by a foreign-controlled company. Just over 6 percent work for companies under non-EU control. The United States is the largest ‘foreign employer’ accounting for 3.6 percent of employees in the Netherlands. In the EU, French and German controlled companies are the largest employers in the Netherlands: both countries account for 2.5 percent of employees.

Turnover by country that controls company, 2008

Turnover by country that controls company, 2008

One third of turnover

Foreign-controlled companies accounted for nearly 32 percent of private sector turnover in the Netherlands in 2008. Companies controlled by EU countries accounted for just about as much as those controlled by non-EU countries. Companies under US control  accounted for the largest share of turnover: 11 percent.

Share of foreign companies in total turnover, 2008

Share of foreign companies in total turnover, 2008

Foreign manufacturing companies generate considerable turnover

The share of turnover accounted for by foreign-owned companies differs between sectors of industry. It is largest in the manufacturing industry, where 46 percent of turnover was generated by foreign-controlled companies. US-controlled companies accounted for 20 percent of this. In transport, storage and communication, foreign-controlled companies accounted for 35 percent of turnover, with companies in French and German hands generating 11 and 7 percent respectively. In the construction sector, hardly any turnover was generated by foreign companies.

Fons Bruls and Kasper Leufkens