Vocational graduates are earning more in labour crunch
According to De Telegraaf, based on the new Keuzegids MBO (middle-level applied education), the gross hourly wage for an MBO graduate in process engineering is €20.90 (US$22.64) a year-and-a-half after graduating. MBO graduates in nursing, transport, caring and shipping all earn just below that. The average gross wage for HBO (higher professional education) has been around €16 per hour in recent years.
This seems to be a “kind of emancipation of MBO”, Ton Wilthagen, labour market professor at Tilburg University, said to the newspaper. “For a long time, the idea was that the higher your education, the more you earn, but the market is now really starting to treat MBO students differently. For too long, a negative value judgment was attached to that.”
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