SalaryHow much do you earn? We ask a Dutch person every week. Today: Eric (50) works 38 hours a week as a store manager at a coffee and confectionery chain.
What do you earn?
2500 gross. Net that is 2181 euros. There is still 129 euros for travel costs.”
“I have a good salary. I’ve changed jobs a few times in the last few years. I worked for a furniture giant for 21 years, but I didn’t get the chance to grow there. Then I started working in the hospitality industry at Schiphol. I was assistant manager of three restaurants.
When I wanted to take my next step, corona came. A social plan had been drawn up in case of a reorganization. Those who served the longest were allowed to stay. There were people who had worked there for 40 years, so I started to fear a bit for my job. They also had a voluntary severance package. The longer you were employed, the more you got. But I had only been there for three years, so with the scheme I would only receive something like 1500 euros gross. I applied myself and ended up at this chain.
Maybe I wouldn’t have flown out at Schiphol, but I didn’t want to end up on the street and looking for something else in a hurry.”
Have you negotiated your salary?
,,Certainly, I did that for the first time at Schiphol. I wanted to earn at least the same as I did at that furniture giant. It was a tough negotiation, they wanted to pay me 200 euros gross less than in my previous job. I agreed with 30 euros less, I could live with that.”
How did you like to do such a negotiation?
,,It was a managerial position and I had read here and there that you can negotiate. I thought I’ll just try it. Before I agreed to this, I had already turned down three jobs because we were unable to resolve the salary.”
What did that do to you?
“I was a bit upset about that. I was convinced that I was suitable for a managerial position. That is now apparent. Only that salary, that has turned out to be a tough one.”
How did the negotiation go for this last position?
“That went very smoothly. I bet 150 euros more than what I got at Schiphol. They immediately agreed. Then I asked: do you also provide a travel allowance? They said, no, we won’t. Then we still had a challenge. But when I said what I wanted as a travel allowance, they still agreed. They desperately needed people and I came from outside so I could negotiate.”
Do you know what your colleagues earn?
,,Well, I asked the former store manager six months ago what he earned. He earned 2200 euros gross. So then I did it right. I will be adding some more soon because I am going to open a second store.”
How much will you get then?
“That negotiation has yet to take place. For a second store it is not realistic to say: then I want to earn twice as much. I myself have the idea to bet on 250 euros. That feels like a fair amount. But I’m not just after money. Most of all I want to have a good time. I think that is even more important.”
Does Eric earn enough?
Number of years of work experience: 4.5
Number of working hours per week: 38
Education: secondary vocational education
Industry: catering/retail trade
Number of employees: 600
Country of residence of the head office: The Netherlands
Managerial: yes, eight people
According to the Salary Guide the average salary for his position is 1,827 euros gross. “I think this is fairly realistic for such a position in the hospitality industry. It is simply not a fat pot in the catering industry.”
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