SalaryHow much do you earn? We ask a Dutch person that every week. Today: Arthur (36) works full-time as a bus driver. He has been doing this job for three years now.
What do you earn?
,,Gross I earn 2585 euros. Net that is 1889 euros. There is also an irregularity allowance of 285 euros – that is the same every month – and I receive 282 euros in kilometer allowance. I receive 2456 euros in my bank account.”
“Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I have to work quite a few hours for it. Last year I also did coach work. I earned more then, but then I’m working every week and every day. I was given the opportunity to work full-time here and in addition, the coach work was stopped because of corona. Now I do it sometimes.”
,,The big difference is that in public transport I get paid every hour, including breaks, and with coach work you get paid 50 minutes of the whole hour. Why is that so? The easy answer: because otherwise it will be too expensive. Monday I took a school class to an amusement park. Then I leave at nine o’clock and we leave there at two thirty. So you are waiting a lot. I once asked why it works like this and then I got the answer: otherwise it will be too much. When you commute to events, you will be paid for a full hour.”
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Are you working overtime?
,,Yes and no. In four weeks I work full-time on average. This week I only work 28 hours, the next week I work forty hours again. And so it goes up and down. This week I had Thursday and Friday off. It’s nice to have that overview. Until September 6 I know when and what time I have to work. You don’t know that in advance on the coach.”
Have you negotiated your salary?
No, you can’t do that with public transport. It is collectively agreed and you increase as it is determined.”
I started working quite late, because I was previously on a Wajong benefit
,,Yes, because I am in a low salary scale for my age. I started working quite late, because I was previously on a Wajong benefit. I was around 18e ‘too bad’ to work for a normal company and too smart for a sheltered workshop. I started working at a farm and from there I was able to develop so that I am now a driver. Boys who are 25e have started to sit in a higher scale and therefore earn more now. But I don’t think that’s a problem. I can put that aside.”
Do you know what your colleagues earn?
“We’re not talking about it.”
Would you like to know?
,,No, I do not think so. It’s not so important to me to know.”
Does Arthur make enough?
Number of years of work experience: 5
Number of working hours per week: 40
Function: other (‘bus driver’ is not mentioned in the options)
Industry: other (‘public transport’ is not mentioned in the options
Number of employees: +5000
Headquarters country of residence: France
According to the Salary Guide the average salary for his position is EUR 2349 gross. ,,But it gives a distorted picture that I had to fill in ‘other’ everywhere. On the other hand, it doesn’t surprise me. It has always been known that wages are around this level.”
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What is the Salary Guide? 7 Questions & Answers
1. Based on how many hours of work per week is the salary based?
Salary is based on a 40 hour work week.
2. Is the calculated salary including or excluding holiday pay?
The monthly salary shown does not include holiday pay.
3. Does the calculated gross salary include or exclude commissions and/or bonuses?
The forecasted gross salary excludes variable components such as commissions, bonuses and so on.
4. Does the calculated gross salary include a 13th month?
No, the predicted gross salary is a ‘normal’ monthly salary without settlement of a 13th or 14th month.
5. I work for a multinational with 10,000 employees worldwide. However, the Dutch team consists of 50 employees. What do I choose for company size?
The size of the organization is limited to the number of colleagues in the Netherlands.
6. What does budget authority mean?
This is the maximum amount you can spend for professional purposes and for which you do not need permission from a manager.
7. How often is the information that serves as the basis for the National Vacature Bank Salary Guide updated?
Salaries and fringe benefits are not static data, but are constantly evolving.
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