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Remuneration of academic staff in an international perspective


Publication number: 2015-65
Authors: Ernest Berkhout, Jana van Leuven, Wiemer Salverda, Kea Tijdens
Commissioned by: VSNU
Published by: SEO Amsterdam Economics
ISBN: 978-90-6733-786-1

Dutch academic staff salaries are competitive compared to those in other European countries. Only Switzerland, the United States and British top universities offer a higher base salary.

If collective wage components are included, academic salaries in the Netherlands are at the same level as the ‘normal’ British universities and above those of Germany. The Swiss salaries are well above those in other countries. The academic salaries in Belgium are at the same level as those in Germany, and above those in Sweden and Norway. In addition, in many countries staff may receive individual allowances.

These conclusions follow from a comparative study into the remuneration structure in Dutch university education as compared to the remuneration structures in foreign countries, performed by commission of the Association of Universities (VSNU). The study is an update of a previous report from 2007 and was conducted in cooperation with the Amsterdam Institute for Labour Studies (AIAS). The following countries were included in the report: the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom.


Category: 2015, Labour & Education