In Belgium, wages have risen by an average of 18 percent in the last four years. For some categories there has even been a wage increase of 20 percent.
But a wage increase is still possible in times of crisis. Of course there will be indexation, but a real wage increase is no longer possible. For some employees, income even goes down. Due to the crisis, companies cannot afford annual bonuses.
18 percent wage increase since 2005
An SD Worx survey shows that the collective gross wages of Belgians have increased by 18 percent since 2005. Normally you too should have had a wage increase in these four years. The wage rise was particularly striking this year thanks to indexations. The wage increase was 7.38 percent of which 6.4 percent was for the fixed wage portion. Variable pay increased only slightly in 2008.
Wage growth - not equally fast for everyone
Of course, 18 percent is only an average. Pay increases vary according to the employee's job title. The biggest wage jump was among executives, while the top positions enjoyed a much slower wage increase. Within the executive staff, the fastest risers come from the subcategory “external non-commercial positions” or the so-called “lower management”. This group of employees earned about 21 percent more in the last four years. In second place come the members of the middle management with an external function (area sales managers, senior account managers, senior consultants and site managers) with a wage increase of just under 21 percent. And the top 3 ends with specialists with an external commercial function (account managers, medical representatives and commercial engineers) with a wage increase of 19 percent.
If we take into account the possibly variable part of the salary, the category “specialists with an external commercial function” falls out of the top 3. Then specialists with an internal function are taken in their place, such as legal advisers, project engineers, product managers and branch managers. .