Never do anything without a work contract & ask for your net salary
Coming to work in another country, you can find yourself in an unusual environment – a different way of life, a different work culture, different weather.
The key to successful and safe work is the written terms of the relationship between the employer and the employee – an employment contract that spells out the rights and obligations of both parties. The contract must also follow the work laws.
A lot of job seekers do not understand what is a gross salary and what is a net salary. It is actually quite easy:
- gross salary is the salary with taxes (like health insurance tax)
- net salary is the salary after the taxes are taken away. Net salary is 100% the amount you will receive onto you bank account.
That is why it is important to ask what is the gross salary (with taxes) and how much is the net salary (the amount of money you 100% receive).
Example: If the employee offers you 25 €/hour and you have to work 168 hours a month (salary: 4200 €), you need to ask if you will get 4200 € into you bank account OR will the employee still take 30% away from 25€ for taxes. When they take 30% off, then the actual salary you get would be 1260 € for 168 hours. Always ask what is the net salary.
Gross salary is not a scam salary, because companies need to pay taxes from their workers’ salaries. But when you know how much money you will actually get (net salary) on your bank account then you always know how much money you have each month to spend.
Always think about other company benefits too. And the countries’ living costs (food, rent, etc):
- If a company offers you 2500 € net salary, BUT your apartment rent is 1500 € you will have 1000 € to spend.
- If a company offers you 1500 € net salary, BUT your apartment rent is 50 € (like in Hansavest) you will have 1450 € to spend.
It is also necessary to agree on the conditions for paying salaries: on what day of the month and to which bank. At the same time, do not forget to make sure that you will have access to the money earned in another country, at least through an online bank.
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