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Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands (with over 650,000 people) located just 80 km from Amsterdam. It’s nicknamed the “Gateway to Europe” as it has the largest port in the region giving access to British and German markets, “Boston of the Netherlands” as it’s the most multicultural place in the country, and “Manhattan at the Meuse” for its modern architecture.

This city is also growing to be the second most important IT hub in the Netherlands after Amsterdam.

IT market in Rotterdam

IT salaries in Rotterdam

The average IT salary in Rotterdam is around €5,300 per month, ranging from €2,830 to €8,540. The average annual salary stands at about €64,680, according to Salary Expert.

Here are examples of average IT salaries in Rotterdam depending on the specialization (€ per month):

  • Android developer: 4,910
  • Business Intelligence analyst: 5,500
  • Business Intelligence developer: 5,500
  • C# developer: 5,670
  • C++ developer: 5,450
  • Data analyst: 4,850
  • Data architect: 4,930
  • Database administrator: 5,360
  • Front-end developer: 4,420
  • Full-stack developer: 5,000
  • Game developer: 4,580
  • Information security analyst: 6,010
  • iOS developer: 5,250
  • Java developer: 5,260
  • PHP developer: 4,620
  • Python developer: 5,430
  • Salesforce administrator: 4,680
  • Salesforce developer: 4,100
  • Scrum master: 4,180
  • Software architect: 4,990
  • Software engineer: 4,820
  • Software QA engineer: 4,480
  • Technical writer: 4,400
  • Web designer: 4,550
  • Web developer: 4,400


Rotterdam is an important economic hub in the Netherlands and Europe as a whole. The city is home to the Port of Rotterdam — the largest port in Europe which gives the country prime access to markets in the UK and Germany.

The unemployment rate in Rotterdam was 4.0% before the COVID-19 pandemic — slightly higher than the national average of 3.2%.

Important economic sectors in Rotterdam include:

  • Energy
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Logistics
  • Shipping
  • Tourism
  • Trade
Rotterdam economy

As an important tech hub, Rotterdam boasts over 500 startups and is the birthplace of Shypple, which is also known as the “ of sea freight”.

Popular technology companies present in Rotterdam include:

  • arGEN-X
  • Coolblue
  • Mendix
  • Ortec Finance
  • Quantib
  • Shypple

Cost of living

Consumer prices in Rotterdam are 12% lower compared to Amsterdam, and rent prices are 30% lower on average. According to Numbeo, you would need around €4,000 in Rotterdam to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with €5,000 in Amsterdam (assuming you rent in both cities).

Cost of living in Rotterdam

The average monthly costs in Rotterdam are about €790 for a single person or €2,810 for a four-person family (excluding rent).

Here are examples of the average prices in Rotterdam (€):

  • Meal at McDonald’s: 7.5 – 9
  • Meal at another inexpensive restaurant: 10–20
  • Average food basket (milk, bread, eggs, cheese, chicken, apples, potatoes, water, beer): 28
  • Monthly fee at a fitness club: 15–60
  • Monthly pass: 50–100
  • Monthly rent (1 bedroom): 650 – 1,400
  • Monthly rent (3 bedrooms): 1,000 – 2,800
  • Property prices per square meter: 1,500 – 5,000
  • Utilities: 130–250 per month
  • Internet: 30–50 per month


Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the third-largest airport in the Netherlands. It serves flights to Barcelona, Istanbul, Izmir, Edinburgh, London, and other European cities. 

In addition, Rotterdams’ city center is located 60 km from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Apart from European destinations, it serves flights to Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and many others.

Rotterdam is also relatively close to other European cities like London, Paris or Cologne.


Rotterdam is known for its modern architecture, maritime heritage, and lively cultural life. Popular attractions include the Cube houses, the Erasmusbrug bridge, The Markthal (Market Hall), and a number of museums.

The city also has a vibrant nightlife and many summer festivals, such as the Caribbean-inspired Summer Carnival, the Dance Parade, the Metropolis pop festival, Rotterdam 666, and the World Port days.

IT companies in Rotterdam