Income survey

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Income survey for members

Do you earn enough?

Every year in February, the GDCh calls on its regular members to take part in an income survey. Members who work in Germany and do not work in the public sector can participate. The next survey in February / March 2021 will ask about the income for 2020. As in previous years, the evaluation is carried out at the Chair of Personnel at RWTH Aachen University.

Please note: only members who take part in the survey will receive the brochure with the results!

Participation information

All full members who work outside the public service are invited to participate. The questionnaire will be sent by post to the address available at the GDCh at the end of January.

Members,

     

  • those in industry,
  • free economy,
  • Publishing,
  • Associations or similar work,
  • who were employed in Germany in the previous year
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but have not received the questionnaire, you can contact the career service (karriere@gdch.de) stating your membership number. You will then receive your personal questionnaire.

The income survey is carried out in a joint campaign by GDCh and VAA. The large number of participants in a joint survey ensures that the data can be evaluated in a statistically meaningful way. And in contrast to many other salary reports, the GDCh / VAA survey also takes into account the number of years of service, among other factors.

As always, each member contains his or her personal questionnaire with the individual participant number. This questionnaire may therefore only be completed by the member to whom it was sent. The evaluation will again be carried out by Professor Christian Grund from RWTH Aachen and his team. With the questionnaire, the members receive an envelope printed with the address. In order to protect the anonymity of the survey, separate the questionnaire from the sheet with your address. There should also be no sender on the envelope. The letters must have sufficient postage, otherwise the university post office will not accept them. The closing date for entries is March 31.

Extended evaluation for GDCh participants: inside

The results should again be of particular interest to many GDCh members who do not work in large-scale chemical industry, but in smaller companies from a wide variety of areas outside of the chemical industry. It has long been suspected that salaries there are lower than in the large chemical industry. However, concrete figures have only been available since the GDCh took part in the survey, which was previously carried out by the VAA alone, because the VAA members are mostly active in large companies in the chemical industry.

Due to the different membership structures of the GDCh and VAA, the results are also processed differently. The GDCh brochure not only shows income within the chemical industry, but also income outside of the chemical industry. These are missing from the VAA brochure because the VAA includes all members of the chemical industry. Conversely, the VAA publishes information about the salaries of its members in the commercial area, which is not in the GDCh brochure.

Anonymity guaranteed despite participant number

As in previous years, only those members who took part in the survey will receive the results. For this purpose, the GDCh will receive a list of the participant numbers of the participating members from Christian Grund.

The participant number is individual for each member and is at the top of the questionnaire. In order to protect the anonymity of the survey, separate the questionnaire from the sheet with your address. There should also be no sender on the envelope. Christian Grund and his team work with the participant numbers and the associated data, but cannot infer the membership number from the numbers and certainly not the persons belonging to it, as they do not receive any personal data apart from the participant number.

The employees of the GDCh career service know the membership and participant numbers of their participating members, but not the corresponding salary data. You do not even see the completed questionnaires, because the participants send them directly to the chair in Aachen.

Questions about salary and job satisfaction

The most important questions in the questionnaire are of course the salary. In addition, questions are also asked about a job change or a work-related stay abroad as well as the number of subordinate employees and a company car. Further questions deal with the social situation of the: r participant: for example, whether he lives in a partnership or has dependent children. The general satisfaction with his professional activity is also queried. The evaluation of all this information is intended to provide comprehensive information not only about income, but also generally about career progress and the social situation of the participants.

With the individual participant number, so-called longitudinal surveys can also be carried out, in which the individual salary development of the participants is tracked over several years. In this way, for example, the influence of a stay abroad or a change of job on the salary can be determined. Participants who do not take part every year but at longer intervals can also be included in the longitudinal view.

20 Frequently Asked Questions About Income Survey

1. Who can take part in the income survey?

All GDCh members who are employed in industry or trade, i.e. not subject to the tariff structures of the public service and who work in Germany.

2. Why are members who work abroad not allowed to participate?

Because the cost of living, income and their tax treatment differ in every country, income earned abroad cannot be compared with income earned in Germany. We would therefore have to make a separate evaluation for each country. In order to enable a detailed evaluation according to professional years, however, you need a large number of data sets. Since our members living abroad are spread over many countries, there are too few members per country to produce reliable evaluations (see also question 19).
In 2015 there was a survey among members in Switzerland for the first time, which was carried out together with the VAA and the Swiss Chemical Society. Due to the smaller number of participants, this is not carried out annually, but at longer intervals.

3. Are chemists who are not GDCh members also allowed to take part in the income survey?

No. Our income survey is a service for our members and only they are allowed to participate in the survey.

4. How do I get the questionnaire?

Members whose work address we can see that they are employed in the industry will receive the questionnaire in the mail at the end of January.

5. Why didn't I receive the questionnaire even though I work in industry?

We only have the private address of many of our members and therefore cannot see where they work. If you provide our member service with your work address or change it yourself under MyGDCh, you will automatically be taken into account in the following year. (Of course you can still have the "messages" sent to your private address, even if you have given a business address.) Members who work in the industry and have not received the questionnaire can of course request it from the GDCh career service .

6. What is the participant number that is printed on the questionnaire?

The identification or participant number is generated from the membership number. Each participant has his or her personal participant number, which will not change in the following years.

7. What is the point of the participant number?

With the help of the participant number, so-called longitudinal surveys can be carried out, in which the individual salary development of the participants is followed over several years. In this way, for example, the influence of a stay abroad or a change of job on the salary can be determined.

8. Is the survey still anonymous if each: r participant: has an individual number?

Yes, anonymity is guaranteed in any case. The identification number is assigned using an encryption technology from the membership number. At the Chair of Personnel at RWTH Aachen University, where the evaluation is carried out, Professor Christian Grund and his team work with the participant numbers and the associated data. However, you cannot infer the membership number from the numbers and certainly not the persons belonging to it, as you do not receive any personal data apart from the participant number. The GDCh, in turn, knows the membership and participant numbers of its participating members, but not the associated salary data. We do not see the completed questionnaires because the participants send them directly to the chair in Aachen. An envelope with the address is enclosed with the questionnaire. To protect anonymity, you should not include a sender on the envelope.

9. What happens if I remove or obscure the participant number on the questionnaire?

After the evaluation has been completed, the GDCh will receive a list with the participant numbers from the Aachen chair. This allows conclusions to be drawn about the membership numbers and thus about the participants. If your participant number is missing from the questionnaire, we have no evidence that you took part in the survey and we will not send you the results of the survey (see also question 14).

10. By when do the questionnaires have to be at the university?

The questionnaires are normally received by March 31st. The deadlines are also on the questionnaires themselves and here on the Internet.

11. What happens if I forget to post enough postage on the letter?

Letters with insufficient postage will not be accepted by the post office. Senders then do not take part in the survey.

12. Are the results the same as the VAA income survey results?

It is a joint survey by GDCh and VAA. Hence the results are also the same. However, there are differences in the way the data is published. The results of the participants who work outside the chemical industry are only published in the GDCh brochure.

13. I am a member of both organizations. Who should I attend with?

As a rule, double members receive the questionnaire via the VAA. If you receive a questionnaire from the GDCh, take part through the GDCh. If you are interested in income outside the chemical industry, take part through the GDCh, because these results are only shown in the GDCh brochure (see question 12). Please do not take part twice, otherwise you will falsify the results.

14. Who will receive the results of the income survey?

In the interests of those who took the trouble to fill out the questionnaire, only those members who took part in the survey will receive the leaflet with the results. For this purpose, the GDCh will receive a list of the participant numbers from RWTH Aachen University (see also question 9). Experience shows that participation continues to decline when the results are made available to everyone.

15. But that is unjust. Since I work abroad, I am not allowed to participate and have no chance of receiving the results.

Unfortunately there are members who cannot participate and therefore do not receive the results. We understand that some consider this to be unfair. However, since we cannot send the evaluation to all members (see question 14), a completely fair solution would only be to leave the income survey completely.

16. Is there other information about salaries for members who cannot participate?

For members who cannot take part, we have created a very shortened version that members can get on request from the GDCh career service. For young professionals there is information in the GDCh member area under "MyGDCh" at www.gdch.de under "Special offers for members" and "Salaries for female chemists".

17. When will the brochure with the results of the income survey be ready?

The brochure is expected to be ready in July / August and will then be sent to all participants.

18. Why is the brochure of the GDCh ready later than that of the VAA?

Because we are a small department and we create it ourselves. In addition, we are busy with the annual statistics of the degree programs until mid-June and only then can we take care of the income survey. But we try to finish a little earlier every year. Promised!

19. Why is there no extra evaluation for food chemists (polymer chemists, analysts, construction chemists ...)? That's a big group within the GDCh!

A big plus of the survey is the breakdown of income by professional year. After all, specifying an average salary is of little use if the incomes of young professionals and long-term employees are lumped together. To do this, however, we need a minimum number of several hundred participants. If we were to divide our participating members into different groups, there would be far too few data records to be able to generate reliable statistics. For this reason, we limit ourselves to the separation of participants: inside and outside the chemical industry (see also question 12).

20. Why are the evaluations for the participants from the new federal states so short?

Unfortunately, the number of participants from the new federal states is too small to carry out more detailed evaluations (see also question 19).

Starting salaries

Information on starting salaries for chemists: inside the chemical industry can be found here

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last modified: 05.08.2021 13:30 H from A.Gajda