European Tech-Writer Contract Rates

Subject: European Tech-Writer Contract Rates
From: Gregory Turnbull <Gregory -dot- Turnbull -at- UBS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 17:06:04 +0200

This mail is intended to give a different perspective to the Tech-
Writer salary discussion, at least from a European contractor's point
of view (I don't have much reliable information on permanent salary
scales, other than to say they are low). I have been watching European
rates recently, and have noted the following:

UK Rates: <$30-45/hr (based on a 1.5 USD/GBP rate), higher-end
salaries tend to be for specialist knowledge and contracts in
expensive areas such as London.

European Rates: $35-55/hr, common locations include Valbonne (South of
France), Paris, Holland, Germany, etc.; usually in or around capital
cities. Cost of living, taxation, etc., moderately high; contracts
vary and include: larger computer companies, banking, telecomms, etc.

Swiss Rates: $55-90, lots of working restrictions, high cost of
living, although taxation is low; contracts mainly in banking,
chemicals, or insurance; locations: Geneva, Zurich, sometimes Basel &

As with any contract rate, you have to look at the length of the
contract, the number of hours per week/month, any fringe benefits, the
rate of taxation and living costs, as well as the job location and the
nature of the work.

Any information on common rates in Australia and Japan would be

Greg Turnbull, UBS, Zurich, Switzerland.

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