Last week; the results of the C2W salary survey have been published. The survey was conducted in cooperation with KNCV (Royal Dutch Society of Chemistry) and Berenschot HR.
- The salaries measured int he 2016 survey are significantly higher than those measured in 2015. For example; members of the management team earned €79.100/yr in 2015 whereas the reimbursement for their services was €96.400 in 2016 according to respondents. Also R&D managers report higher salaries: €87.100 in 2015 vs. €97.200 in 2016. The summary of 2015’s survey was that working in R&D and/or a laboratory ” doesn’t make a fortune” whereas the conclusion of the 2016 was that chemists and life scientists ” have no reason to complain”.
- More important than the salary are the challenge of the job; work satisfaction and atmosphere amongst colleagues. Most respondents rate the working atmosphere as pleasant (near 80%)
- Working in a pleasant environment does not mean that chemists and life scientists are not open to switch jobs. A major condition to switch jobs is the contract form. 58% of the respondents indicate that they will only switch jobs for a permanent contract.
- Working in the field of chemistry and life sciences means hard work. 66% of the respondents make over hours; usually 5 a week
The complete survey can be found at the website of C2W: www.C2W.nl
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