Dutch among Europe's best paid
4 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch workers have an average disposal income of EUR 2,400 a month, putting them among the best earners in Europe.
4 April 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dutch workers have an average disposal income of EUR 2,400 a month, putting them among the best earners in Europe.
This is according to research by European employers' groups that looks at average hourly wages of European Union citizens.
Taking account of local prices and tax deductions, only Luxembourgers (EUR 2,700) and Danes (EUR 2,600) have more in their wallet to spend than Dutch people.
The study indicates a Dutch person has on average 9 percent more to spend than a German resident earning an average income. When the Dutch situation is compared with Belgium - which has the highest tax rates in Europe - the difference in purchasing power increases to 25 percent.
It is abundantly clear from the study that the income differences between the 15 older EU states and the 10 that joined in 2004 remain enormous.
A Polish person who comes to the Netherlands to work for an average Dutch salary earns a gross four times as much as he or she could in Poland. A Dutch person earns an average gross sum of EUR 17-an-hour, while the equivalent in Poland is EUR 4-an-hour.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news