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1. International organisations
According to a report published in June 2011 entitled ‘The Hague as an International City of Peace and Justice: the Economic Impact of International Organisations’ (updated 2010/2011 by Decisio), more than 18,000 residents of The Hague owe their jobs to the international organisations located in The Hague and the surrounding areas, such as the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and Europol in The Hague and the European Patent Office in Rijswijk.
As the seat of the Dutch Government and Parliament, The Hague offers a perfect professional environment for people aiming for a career in politics. Estimates put the number of policy officers alone at around eleven thousand. And due to the legal and political character of various institutions in The Hague, there are also plenty of opportunities for people looking for positions in facilities management or the service sector.
3. The creative sector
The creative sector in The Hague is on the rise. Figures released by the Chamber of Commerce have shown that since 2009, the number of available jobs in creative services (such as fashion and architecture) has grown by thirty per cent. There are currently 17,500 people employed in the creative sector in The Hague.
4. The private sector
Multinational companies such as Shell, Siemens, Nationale Nederlanden and KPN are always on the lookout for specialist staff.
Another option, of course, is to start your own business. The City of The Hague can help self-employed people to start their own companies in a variety of ways: by providing information, finance (loans) and accommodation (start-up premises).
Municipal statistics have shown that over the last ten years, the number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in The Hague has doubled to 120. Non-governmental organisations are those that are independent from the government but engage with social issues, e.g. in areas such as environmental protection, health, development work or promoting human rights.