5 facts about skilled talent in Utrecht Region

Considering establishing, relocating or expanding your business? Utrecht Region offers direct access to a wealth of skilled talent to leverage your success.

15 March 2022 5 minutes

Organisations – both large and small – in the field of fintech, AI, digital and traditional media, smart mobility, sustainability and life sciences and health can recruit the right people right here in Utrecht Region. Here are five facts about the region’s talent pool.

1. Highly educated

Utrecht Region has the best-educated population in the Netherlands. Some 50% of the region’s workforce have an academic degree and more than 70,000 students study at the five universities based here, including the prestigious Utrecht University, ranked #13 in the Shanghai Ranking 2020.

2. Digital minds

The region’s workforce comprises double the IT talent compared to the national average. Around 12% of professionals are active in an IT-related field. Several universities in the region offer comprehensive courses to prepare students and professionals for jobs in fintech or AI.

3. International focus

Utrecht Region has access to 145 million European consumers within a 500-km radius. Little wonder then that businesses and residents possess a cosmopolitan outlook and many highly skilled expats and knowledge workers with an international perspective are attracted to the region.

4. Multilingual

People living in Utrecht Region are remarkably multilingual, with 77% speaking at least two languages and most inhabitants having mastered English as a second language. The majority of the workforce are open to communicating and working in English.

5. Sustainable attitude

Utrecht Region has an open innovation ecosystem and successfully combines rapid urbanisation and economic growth with green innovations. Innovators from across the world are attracted to the region in search of greener, smarter and healthier living.

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