Contract and benefits

Contract and benefits

Types of contract

More than half of employed MSc graduates from RSM, 51.9 per cent, have a permanent contract. The second largest group, 35.6 per cent, have a temporary contract with the possibility of a permanent contract in the future.

Type of contract


The mean salary earned by respondents to our survey in their first year of employment – across all industry sectors and globally – is €2,969 gross per month (€35,628 per annum), which is slightly little more than last year’s survey. Salaries range from €500 to €7,200 gross per month.

However, salaries paid to those working in the Netherlands buck the global trend of our graduates’ salaries. The survey shows that, for graduates six months after graduations, the mean monthly salary paid by companies in the Netherlands is €2,797 gross.

In EEA countries other than the Netherlands, the mean monthly salary of our graduates is €3,011 and in non-EEA countries it’s €2,235. In the Netherlands, salaries follow a normal distribution with many respondents earning close to the average. In the rest of the EEA, and in non-EEA regions, you see an unequal distribution, with more respondents in the lower and higher salary ranges, and a smaller proportion earning an average salary. The lowest salary is paid in Indonesia, the highest in Switzerland.

Salary differences per region

There are differences in average salary and the percentage of people earning more than the average salary for each specialised master programme. While we cannot draw detailed conclusions for every specialised master programme, we can say that respondents from the MSc International Management/CEMS, and MSc Finance & Investments reported the highest average salaries.

Average gross salary per month per master