The secret code in the work certificate: What was the salary?

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Is it necessary to be a Compensation & Benefit expert to be able to read out a salary range from working documents? No, because with the necessary expertise even a precise house number can be mentioned.

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The qualified work certificate


A qualified work certificate is a document which provides both form and completeness according to the position and the date of employment of the employer, the employer, the activity and the way in which the service is provided.

Less meaningful in this context are the so-called soft skills or social skills, which are negligible for salary finding, unless they are an essential part of the business model and generate a measurable value. This review is solely and solely the Company and his HR department.

5 characteristics provide information about the salary

The trained personnel eye should be able to read out sufficient information for a salary range from a qualified work certificate. Sometimes even a "concrete house number" can be named if the information contained is correctly interpreted.

Essential features for salary information are given when:

  • Age and duration of employment,
  • Gender,
  • Company size,
  • business
  • and the region

of the previous employer.

The role plays the professional experience

If several successive certificates are available, the professional experience can be added, which makes the salary statement much more precise. Further valuable hints can be found in a qualified testimony, if the reader /

  • transportations
  • Stay abroad or travel,
  • Personnel and budget responsibility, or specifically sales success

betrayed. The hourly rate and a possible interruption to employment due to childcare or other care responsibilities also provide evidence.

Example of information on salary level in certificates

If, for example, a controller with an academic business background is used, an initial salary of approximately 45.000 Euro for the age group 25 to 30 years results according to the pay comparison Salary.

After 10 years of professional experience, the average value is already around 65.000 Euro. If personnel responsibility is also added, six-figure salaries are also possible. Likewise, bonus payments or premiums can be attributed quite well, a 10-100.000 Euro-based 15 Eurocontrollers' XNUMX Percentage bonus includes a XNUMX Euro experience.

The size of the company and the region decide on the salary

The size of the company and the region shows a strong influence on the amount of salary. A graduate in the controlling department, who is 45 years old, can earn an average of 56.000 Euro in Berlin. Munich, on the other hand, has a rich 78.400 Euro. A difference of 22.400 Euro annually is more than relevant, so that a place offered in Bavaria certainly has a different reference frame in terms of salary than the region Berlin / Brandenburg.

Companies to 100 employees offer 58.000 Euros to the controllers with the above-mentioned professional experience, while a company with more than 1.000 employees is already paying 81.000 Euro annually for his work. So here too, the testimony provides information that results from the information on the employer and in the example mentioned, with a difference of even 23.000 €.

Systematising salary data for applicants

From personnel reporting, it can therefore be very useful to expand the maintenance of the applicant master data by the actual background. It would be helpful to create a checklist that provides personalized salary indicators. This might look like this:

Bildungacademic degree
Study / trainingEconomics
work experience10 years
personal responsibility5 MA
Company size5500
businessBanks and insurance companies

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