Netherlands -Wage gap widening -June 20, 2015

Bosses earning 20 times the average salary.

The difference in pay between senior board members and ordinary workers has widened considerably over the past two years, according to the Volkskrant newspaper. The paper bases its claims on an annual research project into wage developments at 129 large Dutch firms. It found that company chairman earn an average of €1.5m, while the average worker has a gross salary of €76,000. This means bosses are earning 20 times the average salary, compared with 16 times the average two years ago.

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