Reasons to Refuse a Pay-Rise * Salary

Together Abroad18-08-2017 9:57 AM

It is almost a given that when offered a pay rise, you should accept it. Indeed, it would appear to be madness to reject it. After all, why would anyone refuse to have more money at the end of the month? However, there are some situations where it might be sensible to refuse a wage increase. For instance, there might be a situation in which the amount offered is so low that it is taken as insulting. Another example could involve an offer in which you are made to take on more responsibilities than are worth the increase in pay. Whatever the reason, it is best not to make a rash decision.

One of the main reasons to turn down a pay rise is if the offer is much too low to justify the increase in responsibilities. If you feel like you will have much more work to do without the commensurate increase in pay, then you should think about turning down the offer. Another reason is that having a disproportionately high salary for your job title can mean that you are more likely to be laid off during an economic downturn. There are anecdotal cases of corporate lawyers being...
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Togeter Abroad24-07-2017 5:21 PM

You have finally done it. After many searches and applications, difficult interviews with questions like: ‘Would you choose this job over your own biological mother?’ you have finally reached the end of your long journey and received a job offer.

However, after straining through all the fine print and the listed salary, you have to wonder to yourself: ‘How much is my job worth?’ The offer has been made, the hiring manager is interested, and now the ball is in your court. What is the next step? Negotiation.

Become Informed

Many online resources have cropped up recently to help gauge your price on the market. In one of the most popular, Payscale.com, you can search your job title and compare your offered job salary to that of employees that have anonymously reported their earnings and bonuses, according to their location and years of experience. Other options include WageIndicator.org, which shows the median monthly salary by country for different jobs, with other relevant demographics such as the age and sex distribution of employees. For more specialised insider information, Glassdoor.nl may offer you valuable insights into the company you are about to join from anonymous staff and interviewed candidates.

If you want...
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Together Abroad04-07-2017 10:10 PM


If there is something Dutch people are good at, it is at combining work and free time, and being able to enjoy both. The Dutch work the least hours of any other nation in the European Union. The average number of working hours of other countries in Europe is 37.5 hours a week. In the Netherlands, by comparison, Dutch people work an average of 30.6 hours per week, which results in 364 hours less in a year.

We could go even further and compare those working hours to other countries around the globe. The people in North America work on average 44 to 52 hours per week, and an average American works up to 25% more than an average European citizen. Nevertheless, this does not affect the productivity of the Dutch; in fact the Netherlands is the fifth most productive country in the world, according to rankings by Business Insider in 2016.

The reason is that the Dutch economy is especially flexible, and it allows for such a type of workforce. Working hours in the Netherlands for a full-time (voltijd) job are between 36-40 hours a week. If someone works less than 36 hours, but more than 12 hours, they...
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Together Abroad19-06-2017 11:00 AM

Negotiations with a boss or supervisor can be a daunting task for employees; nonetheless it is sometimes a necessary means for improvement under unsatisfactory working conditions. The aim of a negotiation can vary from typical requests such as higher wages, more responsibilities and better working hours to improvements in the working environment such as a bigger office, newer equipment or safer working conditions. In any case, negotiating is usually the better option to improve a situation instead of pursuing a better job elsewhere.

In addition to knowing what you wish to get out of a negotiation, making use of suitable tactics and knowing your minimum requirements of a trade union’s collective agreement is crucial when it comes to making it a success. A good negotiation requires some careful planning and knowing what type of negotiation style works best with your boss; if your boss uses an aggressive method of negotiating then it may be best to diffuse the situation by using a passive but firm style to counter their arguments. Being aggressive against an aggressive boss could turn a negotiation messy, and being too lenient against them could give them room to bully you into accepting an undesirable agreement. In...
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Together Abroad29-05-2017 12:09 PM
As an internationally recognized hub of trade and high tech industry, the Netherlands attracts numerous multinational companies to its shores. With a vibrant open economy, stable industrial relations, and low inflation and unemployment, the country boasts high wages and excellent working conditions. According to Eurostat, the Dutch earn the third highest full-time wage in the EU, after Denmark and Luxembourg.

Industry in the Netherlands is focused around food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining and other high technology areas, as well as a strong service sector. As such, the highest paid jobs tend to be in these fields. Furthermore, it means that specialist training in education (such as a university degree or vocational qualification) is important in opening up such aspirational positions in your own career.

According to Salary Explorer, some of the best-paid jobs in the Netherlands include roles such as Managing Director (€150,000). In this role, you would be expected to implement company policy and ensure continued profitability. For such a position, it would be expected that you would have at least a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a proven track record of working in a high stress environment and being able to lead a team and deliver results....
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Together Abroad14-04-2017 12:03 PM
There are not many people who will be able to explain in detail how pensions work. Among many adults it is an abstract concept that is to be tackled a few decades down the road. I have to admit, I am not an exception. Once in a while, the topic resurfaces. Usually it is a letter from my employer informing me about the current affairs. I often start reading it only to lose interest after finishing the third paragraph. With the nearing elections, pensions and the age of retirement (AOW leeftijd), which is 67 years and three months at the moment, these are all hot topics again.

But how does a pension work? And is it something worth putting time and energy into at this moment?

Three Pillars

Drop the word AOW and most people will associate it with pension. But there are more pensions that may apply to you or that you wish to have. The Dutch pension scheme consists of three pillars. Not all of them necessarily apply to everyone automatically.

State Pension

Everyone living or working in the Netherlands is entitled to a state pension. This is called the AOW (algemeen ouderdomswet). Currently, when you reach the...
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Together Abroad03-04-2017 10:46 AM
Good employers will know when your salary should increase as a reward for great work. Sometimes, however, you might feel you are due a pay rise that has not arrived. Asking for a raise can be a tricky conversation. For example, you do not want to come across as too arrogant or demanding, nor give the impression that you are ungrateful. Sometimes the response to a raise will be a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ regardless of how you present your case. If your boss is open to persuasion, however,good preparation and research can make all the difference.

The first and most difficult step in asking for a raise starts by approaching your boss in the first place. This can be more difficult as an expat, as perhaps the corporate culture is different than you expect in your own country.As Diana Faison, a partner with leadership development firm Flynn Heath Holt Leadership, puts it: “You want to be able to demonstrate how you add value and how you have made a difference to the company”. Putting yourself in the shoes of your boss will help you decide on what you should include in your argument.

Get to grips with the facts. See...
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Together Abroad31-01-2017 12:27 PM
Working in another country comes with several adjustments, including differences in salaries, currencies, and benefit expectations. An appropriate salary in one country may be drastically below the cost of living in another and weighing that out can be confusing. As an expat, it is important to know what should be expected when working in the Netherlands and what is open to negotiation before signing a contract.

Salary will always be dependent upon age, position, and experience and thus will vary for each person. This is especially true for expats and those hired as highly skilled migrant workers. This usually puts the employee in a well-paid position,however it may be much different than what was earned in your home country. To set expectations, the average income for a full-time employee in the Netherlands from ages 25-30 is about 30,800 Euros annually. This goes up to 41,100 Euros from ages 45-55 and unless you have a highly specialized position, it does not vary much.

Additional benefits include holiday equivalent to 8% of salary, possibly car and phone paid for, or performance based bonuses. Expats can get even further benefits by taking advantage of the demand for highly skilled workers. A highly skilled...
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Together Abroad06-11-2016 10:24 PM
Myth #1 –“A Salary Is A Fixed Amount” vs. “You Can Always Negotiate”
The truth is somewhere in the middle and which one applies to your situation depends mainly on the industry you work in. Many employers categorise their employees strictly in grades and tables, so there might be less wiggle room than you think. However, sometimes you can persuade you future employer to rank you a grade or two higher.

Myth #2 - A Beginning Salary Is Just a Start
While that may be true, most raises constitute a percentage of your current salary. So if you accept a lower salary without negotiating,you may be regretting it every time you get a raise.

Myth #3: Companies Will Be Offended If You Negotiate
That is not likely to happen as long as you negotiate in a business-like manner and are being realistic about your expectations. Know your market value and assume that the hiring manager knows it too.

Myth #4: You Lack the Necessary Information to Negotiate
Maybe, but that does not mean you cannot acquire it. There is a great array of websites that can tell you the average salary of professionals with your parameters.

Myth #5: What You...
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Together Abroad03-10-2016 9:30 AM
       This benefit has been put in place in order to attract foreigners with specific sets of skills that are not common among applicants on the Dutch job market, and its aim is to compensate some of the expenses related to relocation. Effectively, it makes up to 30% of your taxable salary non-taxable. Plus, you can exchange your foreign driver’s licence for a Dutch one without having to take any additional lessons or exams. In order to benefit from it, you will have to meet certain requirements.
        Who Is it for?          The main condition is that the eligible expat must be an employee hired or transferred from abroad to work in the Netherlands. Also, “from abroad” is further specified as not having lived within 150km distance from the Dutch border for two years prior to starting employment in the Netherlands.
       Because the 30% facility benefit is aimed at candidates with skillsets that are rare in the Dutch market, prior to 2012, expats had to prove that they possessed required education and expertise. Since 2012, there is a minimum salary requirement, which effectively replaced the obligation to prove desired expertise. The required salary changes every year. Minimum required taxable...
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It has been a long journey since I arrived in The Netherlands, and I want to thank you for being available to receive me, believing in my profile and thank you for all your support, and I express my wish to keep our contact. I followed all your guidelines and recommendations, and I succeeded! Thank you for your best attention, let's keep in touch

Helder Costa

I would like to thank you for your great job to make my CV presentable and truly reflecting my knowledge and experience.
With your highly professional advices and support I felt more confident and eventually I got a job.


Tanya Pelser

Thank you to both yourself and Irina for a great workshop this morning, it was refreshing to hear some really basic ideas for the Dutch employment search which I'm sure will help start everyone off on a new career path! I will definitely be using the services of Together Abroad and one of my first actions is to revise my CV and submit this for a review.

James Stopford