Academics in Dutch universities are paid fairly well compared with their associates elsewhere. With an average gross monthly salary of 3985 euros, they are the ninth highest paid in the world, reports Times Higher Education (THE).
According to the researchers, most of the universities are unable to pay their academic staff a salary that matches the market rate, especially for senior posts. They therefore conclude that the best and brightest scholars are no longer attracted to join the academic ranks.
Apparently, academics in all the countries have some form of extra work; moonlighting is especially rife in countries with low salaries. This is bad for the system, one researcher tells the THE, because academics would not be able to concentrate on their tasks.
The salaries of academics in private universities have not been taken into account in the study, even though the amounts may not necessarily be higher.