Do you know that Booking.com is the biggest e-commerce company in terms of revenue after Alibaba and Amazon? Headquartered in Amsterdam, Booking.com’s technology team has 1.600 people with 80 nationalities. That is a challenge for the team of Keiran Dodd, Senior Recruiter, and James Robertson, Technology Sourcing Recruiter at Booking.com: to hire a thousand people in technology and bring them to Amsterdam.
Why does Booking.com have to hire abroad? Robertson did a simple search on LinkedIn for people with the title “software developer.” There were only about 26 thousand people in the Netherlands compared to 1,4 million globally.
“The local market has some serious challenges. First of all, there is a shortage of tech talent in the Netherlands. Many tech companies in Amsterdam are vying for the same talent. Next to that, neighbor tech hubs like London and Berlin are also competing for those. When we decided to hire the best people we could find, we found ourselves going up against the biggest tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft,” says Robertson. “We had to really think about how to get on the playground out there. We have a presence in 228 countries and territories. That is always tied with diversity and we need to rethink how to go from there and make our referrals as diverse as possible.”