Contract and benefits

Contract and benefits

Types of contract

Almost half of the employed MSc graduates from RSM, 45 per cent, have a permanent contract. This is a decrease of almost 7 per cent compared to last year’s data. The second largest group, 36 per cent, have a temporary contract with the possibility of a permanent contract in the future.


The average salary earned by respondents to our survey in their first year of employment – across all industry sectors and globally – is €3,180 gross per month, which is an increase compared to last year when the mean was €2,981. Salaries range from €1,000 to €8,000 gross per month.

The survey shows that, for graduates six months after graduations, the average monthly salary paid by companies in the Netherlands is €2,905 gross. In EEA countries other than the Netherlands, the average monthly salary of our graduates is €3,799 and in non-EEA countries it’s €2,926. 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, there is an unequal distribution, with more respondents in the lower and higher salary ranges, and a smaller proportion earning an average salary. Compared to last year, the salaries in the Netherlands and other EEA countries have increased, while the average salary in non-EEA countries decreased.

The lowest salaries are paid in Bulgaria and China, the highest in Switzerland.

There are differences in 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 Supply Chain Management, Strategic Management and Master in Management reported the highest average salaries.