IT workers cash in on wage increases

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17 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Employees of IT companies earned significantly more than other workers in the Netherlands last year.

17 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Employees of IT companies earned significantly more than other workers in the Netherlands last year.

Wages in the IT sector rose by an average of 4.7 percent, while the average Dutch employee received a raise of 2 percent, according to research by IT magazine Automatisering Gids.

The  study found wages rose sharpest at middle-management level, with big pay increases for network and systems administrators and database programmers.

IT managers, on the other hand, enjoyed an average increase of just 1 percent.

The magazine also found that IT workers no longer have so much interest in changing jobs on a regular basis. Seven out of 10 of those questions said they were not doing anything to check for opportunities in the job market.

It also emerged that the average IT worker has been with his or her current firm for five years.

Some things never change, however. The magazine noted the IT sector is still very much a man's world. The number of women working in IT in the Netherlands has actually dropped from about 10 percent three years ago to 6 percent now.

And women earn on average 10 percent less than their male colleagues.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news; IT + the Netherlands 

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