European Tech-Writer Contract Rates

Subject: European Tech-Writer Contract Rates
From: Alexander Von_obert <avobert -at- TWH -dot- MSN -dot- SUB -dot- ORG>
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 1996 18:17:00 +0100

Hello Greg,

* Antwort auf eine Nachricht von Gregory Turnbull an All am 04.10.96

GT> From: Gregory Turnbull <Gregory -dot- Turnbull -at- UBS -dot- COM>

GT> I have been watching European
GT> rates recently, and have noted the following:

You should add that EVERY European country has its own legislation and that
not only includes taxes. E.g. in Germany, you must pay many mantadory
"ensurances" that often should be labeled taxes - half of that is payed by the
employer, percent of income before taxes:

- pension ensurance (19%)
- health ensurance (12-15%)
- unemployment ensurance (I think 14%)
- disabled care ensurance (2%)

Normal income tax (payed by the employee) is 25 to 53% with some minimum wage
untaxed. Bottom line: If you are reasonable well payed and have no children,
your pay check is about half your income or even less...

Taxes went up a lot since German unification. You cannot imagine the leftovers
of the former GDR. Within a few years, these "Five New States" will have a
completely new infrastructure, as much of the old infrastructure predated the
Second World War or was of extremely low quality.

Greetings from Germany,

Alexander von Obert, Urbanstr. 2, 90480 Nuernberg, Germany
Free-lance Technical Writer (electronics, software)
Voice +49-911-403903, Fax +49-911-403904, BBS +49-911-403905 (FIDO 2:2490/1719)

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