Study Guide criticises error in starting salaries

[2016-15-11] • HOP, Irene Schoenmacker

Study Guide criticises error in starting salaries

University of applied sciences students who earn a couple of hundred euros more than their counterparts with a research university education? The Study Guide believed that this cannot be right, and it did its own calculation.

According to the University Study Guide in a report that appeared today, the information website, Studiekeuze123, published some quite odd figures in October. It appears that research university educated students’ salaries are far too low, while university of applied sciences students’ appeared to earn relatively high salaries.

It appears that a university of applied sciences graduate of religious studies earns 550 euros more than someone with a Master in Theology. A new calculation made by the Study Guide however, showed that the research university graduate in actual fact earns 300 euros more.

The discrepancy was caused by an error in calculation, says the Study Guide. In its figures, the Dutch university association, VSNU, included people who had not yet started a job or did not wish to disclose their salaries. This caused the average amounts to be lower. Further, additional income was included in the university of applied sciences graduates salaries, while part-time salaries were extrapolated to full-time salaries. These were not done for the research university graduates.

At the moment, some graduates find jobs more easily than others, says the Guide. There seems to be a split in professions. Technical, IT, medicine and economics graduates for example get jobs more quickly and earn quite well with an average gross income of 3,000 euros.

Political science, psychology and even biology graduates face more challenges, with 15 percent of them not in paid work after one year. Some of them, art historians and cultural anthropologists for example, have monthly salaries below 900 euros. They are at the top of the Guide’s so-called ‘crepeerindex’ – an index of the most poorly remunerated professions.

Anyone interested in high salaries should become a dentist. Dentists earn more than 5000 euros a month.

The research university education salaries have now been removed from the Studiekeuze123 website. The high university of applied sciences’ salaries will be revised. The Study Guide has been invited to give its input. The editorial team is pleased with this gesture.

University of applied sciences students who earn a couple of hundred euros more than their counterparts with a research university education?

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