Science - November 18, 2004

Business units make DLO jobs more expensive

The DLO research institutes have more people earning top salaries as a result of the creation of the sciences groups. The managers of the business units that were created have ended up in a higher salary scale, says the Human Resources Management department in response to a Wb article about salaries.

After studying the figures, the HRM department has also concluded that lower-paid jobs are disappearing while the number of high-paid jobs is rising. According to HRM that is because Plant Research International, and to a lesser extent other institutes, has scrapped lower-paid jobs held by greenhouse workers and other support personnel. The rise of the number of jobs in the highest salary scale is a result of the formation of the sciences groups. When the groups were created the executive board decided that business unit managers, the level just under the directors, would be placed in scale 15. As a result the number of managers in the high scale rose from 66 to 77.

The number of employees earning more than 68,000 euros a year has also increased. HRM sees the developments in collective labour agreements and pay rises for this year as the causes of this. Employees in scales 13 and 14 can also earn more than 68,000 euros. According to spokesman for the board Simon Vink, the figures are evidence of a ‘logical development’. ‘Jobs in the support sector are disappearing as a result of efficiency measures. The number of jobs in scales ten to fourteen has remained stable; these are the researchers. The absolute increase in numbers of scale fifteen or higher is very limited. Eleven more jobs, doesn’t look to me as though we’re becoming top heavy on the management side in an organisation with 3,400 jobs.’ / KV

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