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Swedish union; DIK - archaeologists wages again!

intersting post from Sweden about Unions and archaeologists wages... sound familiar??

Quote:quote:At this point the Swedish union; DIK (a union for archaeologist, employees at museums among others) goes out and claims that you should demand an entry pay of 26000 sek or ca 2300 ?/ a month for someone fresh out of a University

this person makes 2400 Euro a month after years of work!

We are not alone in strange studies that overestimate what archaeologists should/are paid!


Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
Mohandas Gandhi
For really I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he
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his exchange rate must be out or they get a putt load

i got a rate of 10.4 Krona to 1 Euro

maybe hyper inflation has set in

txt is
It's about 10.8 now. Fun fact!

the entry wage quoted is, what, ?24000 per year? Wouldn't that be nice? Even at Swedish beer prices...
Well I dont work in Sweden so couldn't tell you what you could buy with such a salary....other than the price of beer.

I was in the Systembolaget (the Swedish state alcohol shop) in Stromstad last week (just across the Norwegian border from where I have been working recently) and I got 8 half litre bottles of Bishops Finger for 150 kr. Thats about ?11.50 (or ?1.45 per bottle). Last time I was in Morrisons in the UK the same was being sold for ?1.60 a bottle. So at least your ?24000 in Sweden could buy you more or less the same amount of UK beer....

I think the real problem with Swedish archaeology (and I talk to a lot of Swedish archaeologists working in Norway) is that there just aint that many jobs in archaeology in Sweden and the majority of jobs there are, are in the Swedish equivalant of local government.

I would guess that this particular discussion is not so much a question of salary per se, but more a question of which point on the salary scale you start someone who is coming into a local government job possessing a minimum of a Masters degree (virtually impossible to get a job in Scandinavia with anything less than a Masters). I would have thought that even in the UK, a local government job asking for the minimum level of a Masters degree would not be paying less than ?24,000....I could of course be wrong there....

With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
Just to reinforce my last point.

A quick google search for MA jobs in UK local government produces MA qulaified social worker starting salaries with a starting point at ?22,900 pa rising to ?25,000+ pa pay award pending.....

With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
Not a lot of money for a career spent being blamed for everything by reptilian tabloid scumbag hacks, corrupt politicians trying to deflect blame from their own idiotic policies and brain-dead members of the public.

We might not be paid much in archaeology, but at least we don't have to deal with that.
We should also consider relative levels of income tax. Traditionally taxes (and benefits) are higher in Scandinavia than the UK, so you might be looking at a lower net income than the equivalent of earning ?24K working in the UK.

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