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What is a good salary for 5 years(JAVA/J2EE) in Amsterdam

vd chauhan
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Joined: Sep 18, 2007
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Hi ranchers,

I have an experience of 5 years working on Java/J2EE technologies. I am currently working in bangalore and *i think* i get a decent salary of around 15 lpa.
However, i have decided to change and am taking interivews with a company located in Amsterdam, Netherland. I have qualified most of the rounds and again, *i think* i will get through
I wanted to know what is considered to be a *good* salary in Amsterdam for a 5 years experienced guy. In a nutshell, how much should i quote so that i get a good deal considering my current salary in India.
[ September 18, 2007: Message edited by: vd chauhan ]
Abhijit Kumar
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Joined: Sep 28, 2005
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This might help:

http://www.coderanch.com/t/32285/Jobs/careers/Job-Offer-Netherlands

AK
vd chauhan
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Joined: Sep 18, 2007
Posts: 7
Thanks abhijit for the reply.
I saw that post and it was very informative.
Actually, my question is, what is the salary i should get there that will make sense for me to join, considering my present salary.
The salary over there should put me in the same(if not higher) bracket of people that i belong to here in India. Otherwise, it does not really make sense for me to move. Isn't it?

I will give a few more details:
  • I am married
  • My wife will move with me
  • Dont have kids but planning for one
  • I do not mind living in a suburb of amsterdam, people live in amstelveen usually i guess.
  • 1 bedroom apartment is enough.


  • Considering the above, and from information on the net i think 50K euros will be enough for living a decent life.
    But again, i am just trying to know, how will this salary be rated in Amsterdam as:
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Less


  • And also, what package for a 5 year experience guy is Excellent/Good.
    I just want this information, so that i can quote a reasonable salary with this company.
    Abhijit Kumar
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    Joined: Sep 28, 2005
    Posts: 225
    I don't have any more information to offer, but would like to suggest any social networking site (facebook,orkut,Linkedin and such) to find an IT/Java guy in Amsterdam and get your doubts answered. Worked for me when, I was looking for a change.

    AK
    Sim Kim
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    Joined: Aug 06, 2004
    Posts: 268
    Hi Vd,

    Don't know how much they are going to offer in Amsterdam but after reading their tax system, I am under the impression that you wont be able to save much.Since you are expecting a salary of 50K euros, I guess around 12-15K would be taken as taxes.

    The cost of living would be around 2K euros per month.So you would be saving at most 15K-18K euros which would be 10L INR.

    Correct me if I am wrong .
    vd chauhan
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    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 7
    Thanks Abhijit and SIM KIM for your replies.
    SIM KIM, i have not got the offer as yet. From various sources, i heard that 50K will be a decent amount. However, i am expecting in between 55-60K Euros.
    I just wanted to know as to what is rated as a *good* salary in Amsterdam. It should give me some positive over what i am getting in India.
    Thanks again for your replies.
    Marc Wentink
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    Joined: May 18, 2007
    Posts: 142
    Ok, it is an old posting, but this really is a joke, so I give you my reaction! You will get no more then 45K most, and then take into account that prices for housing and living will be much higher then in India. Don't think to get rich here or something.


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    Marc Wentink
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    Originally posted by vd chauhan:
    Thanks abhijit for the reply.
    Considering the above, and from information on the net i think 50K euros will be enough for living a decent life.


    GOEIEMORGEN ZEG!!!

    (Ok, that's Dutch for 'Hey Goodmorning')

    I think like at least 95% of the population in my country has to do with less and you think that should be enough for you to get you a decent life??
    vd chauhan
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    Joined: Sep 18, 2007
    Posts: 7
    Originally posted by Marc Wentink:
    Ok, it is an old posting, but this really is a joke, so I give you my reaction! You will get no more then 45K most, and then take into account that prices for housing and living will be much higher then in India. Don't think to get rich here or something.


    Well it was not really a joke. I think you need to brush up your knowledge about the pay scales in Amsterdam. ( I got the salary in the range i have specified i.e. between 55-60K)
    I am not sure on what basis are you saying that the cost of living will be higher.
    If you are talking about bare minimum you need to survive then probably you are on the wrong comparison road. I dont think one should compare that if we are talking about salaries in the specified range.
    If you need a good lifestyle here in India then it will probably take 50% of your salary, which as I found out stands nearly the same in Amsterdam also.

    Regarding the stuff to get richer, i think there is a difference between people living a decent life and millionaires!

    Having said that, I would have really appreciated if you would have given facts about the expenditure in Amsterdam.
    Sim Kim
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    Hi vd,

    Are you still in Banglore or have switched ? By the which company you are working for in Banglore ( if you can PM me the name please ). I don't think you are working for the big Indian IT companies
    vd chauhan
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    I don't think you are working for the big Indian IT companies

    Nope BIG companies are not my cup of tea !!!
    Anyways they dont pay much and the only thing that is big there is the name and size
    Niranjan Deshpande
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    Joined: Oct 16, 2005
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    Hi vd,

    Please check your private messages. Hope you reply.


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