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November 2019-January 2020

Loyal Dutch IT professionals not being rewarded enough, survey shows

Dutch businesses may be risking their digital future by failing to reward their existing IT staff with sufficient pay rises. Demand for IT professionals is high, with almost all companies undergoing a digital transformation and needing the personnel to drive it. But according to a survey by management consultancy Berenschot, carried out on behalf of Dutch IT trade magazine AG Connect, IT salaries for long-serving IT workers in the Netherlands increased by only 2.3% last year, whereas IT professionals who have changed jobs recently are receiving pay rises of up to 15%. Hans van der Spek, manager of the human capital management (HCM) knowledge centre at Berenschot, said he expects the battle for IT professionals to erupt on the Dutch labour market. “This shows that people who change jobs can make substantial financial gains,” he said. “On the other hand, we see companies do not yet automatically include their loyal IT professionals in this remuneration correction.” Van der Spek said this is because employers often have to deal ...

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