The list of top salaries in higher education published by the education union AOB last week is old news. What Aalt Dijkhuizen is set to earn in 2010, following his pay negotiations and reappointment in the Spring, is much more interesting. It seems he has taken a drop in pay.
The 278,000 euro salary is made up of a fixed component and a variable one, explains executive board spokesman Simon Vink. The variable component consists of a performance-related bonus given to directors who meet their targets. And nowadays that is allowed to be up to thirty percent of the salary, Margreet de Boer reported in Resource earlier this year. De Boer is chair of the Supervisory Board which negotiates with Dijkhuizen about his pay. From 2010, the performance bonus is to go down gradually from thirty to ten percent of the salary, De Boer reported. Little by little, this should bring Dijkhuizen's salary, including pension payments, down below the 300,000 mark. Vink cannot say yet what Dijkhuizen will be paid in 2010. We shall be able to read that in the annual report due out in March 2011.
Wageningen's top managers have been in the top ten high-earning managers in Dutch higher education for years now. The reasoning of the executive board is that this reflects the fact that they manage Wageningen University, DLO and Van Hall Larenstein university of applied sciences. They also get a performance-related bonus because DLO is a market-driven organization.