WageIndicator Foundation


There is a lack of of coherent labour market information, easy to access, easy to understand, full circle, independent, free of politics in many countries worldwide. The national WageIndicator websites function as online, up to date labour market libraries for workers, employers, governments, academics and media alike.


More labour market transparency for the benefit of all employers, employees and workers worldwide by sharing and comparing information on wages, Labour Law and career.

What for?

To assist individual workers and employers with real wage data during negotiations and job search. To assist workers, employers and labour inspectors with comprehensive insight in national Labour Law, and how to comply with the law. Assist individual workers and employers with problems of daily working life.


Share and Compare Wages, Labour Law and Career


A strong WageIndicator operation in all countries. An excellent indicator to make sure that everybody gets a fair pay under "OK" circumstances or can act fair. This includes your neighbour, your cousin and everyone, all of us together.

Lessons learned

Only a truly global, diverse team in which members respect each others knowledge can reach a high level. The balance between academics, journalists and social partners is crucial for a top quality WageIndicator operation.


Global, more than 140 countries. International comparable Minimum Wages, Living Wages, actual wages, wages in Collective Agreements (CBA). International comparable Labour Laws. Providing basic knowledge for all in a labour market: trade unions, employers, both for formal and informal sector. Mapping the national labour market, specially in these countries where information is not on paper or digital.

Address & Numbers

WageIndicator Foundation, p/a University of Amsterdam/AIAS-HSI

P O Box 15966
1001NL Amsterdam The Netherlands
Visiting address: Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 6th floor  |  NL - 1018 WV  Amsterdam  |  The Netherlands
VAT Number 8124.82.463.B01.
RSN 812482463
Chamber of Commerce  34195586
Bank nr –  Bic/SWIFT RABOBANK RABONL2U  -  IBAN  -  NL90RABO0121799298. 
Established under Dutch Law 17 September 2003

WageIndicator 140 countries

WageIndicator started in The Netherlands. Here, every worker consults the website at least once, but very often twice a year. One in five visitors is an employer. The Dutch WageIndicator is a brand. In the new WageIndicator countries like Uganda, Guinea, Burundi, Myanmar or South-Sudan the presence of the online library means: WageIndicator is the first to map wages. By structuring wages online, new minimum wages sooner become law. Structuring Labour Law in many countries shows first of all that the laws themselves are reasonable but secondly that compliance with the law is the real issue. Therefore WageIndicator offers compliance forms, mediation, a legal help desk and even a mobile judge.

Business Model Foundation - not for profit

For business: Licenses for indicators, ads space.

For government: Mapping salary structures, making collective agreements comparable. Focus on gender and law.

For development assistance: Capacity building in the world of labour.


Supervisory Board of the WageIndicator Foundation:

  • Chair:  Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University - Prof Dr Rob van Tulder
  • Member: Board member FNV, Dutch Confederation of Trade Unions - Judy Hoffer
  • Member: University of Amsterdam - Janna Besamusca
  • Member (finance): Independent - Maarten van Klaveren
  • Member: University of Amsterdam - Rachel Rietveld
  • Member: Independent - Willy Wagenmans
  • Member: Independent - Bert Wiggers 



  • Director :  Paulien Osse
  • Research Director :  Prof Kea Tijdens 
  • Director  Research lab WageIndicator - FLAME :  Rupa Korde
  • Financial Manager :  Tendayi  Matimba 
  • Manager Databases : Daniela Ceccon
  • More about the teams



WageIndicator Foundation is owner of the concept. The concept consist of WageIndicator websites; WageIndicator Salary and workings conditions - survey plus related Data set & Code book; Minimum and Living Wages Database; Collective Agreement Database; Salary Checks and Calculations; DecentWorkChecks and related Data base. 


Millions of visitors shared, and still share, their wage and working conditions in order to inform colleagues and peers around the world about their working life. These people are the real participants in WageIndicator. WageIndicator makes them interact.

Our impact in numbers over 2019


  • Mobile Judge wins Innovative Justice Award  NR 1
  • Wages in Context wins Innovative Justice Award  NR 3


Truly global, with deep respect for different opinions and cultures. Cooperative, nice, smart, different ages, colours, educational backgrounds. A balance between global analysis and local perfection. 100 in total.


The most innovative open source techniques online. The best compatible and affordable techniques offline. Smart marketing techniques. The smartest calculations. The best wage estimations in the world, both where there is an overkill of information or nothing at all. And what do we think of using spiders or big data - strategy? We embrace it but can't use some of these technique where is no data, or where WageIndicator is the first to map wage and living information.

WageIndicator and Women

Back in 1999 the initiative which ultimately led to the current WageIndicator operations in 140 countries, was taken by women. Paulien Osse at the time was trade union journalist and Kea Tijdens a labour market researcher, and both were specialised in gender issues. This fact guaranteed that the online survey on Working life and Wages as well as the web content on all sites had - right from their start - a strong gender component. The gender focus is deeply ingrained in all activities ever since. Just a few illustrations: in all Salary Checks, which are at the core of WageIndicator, participants may pretend to be male or female, may take any guise they like, with the aim to compare earnings and secondary working conditions, also and always between men and women in similar jobs and labor market positions. Furthermore: a major project over the past years is called Labour Rights for Women. A second project, Decisions for Life, also confronted the reality most working women face when they have to decide: work and/or family? Over the years sexual harrasment has been a topic in all WageIndicator websites and in research. For example:  Violence against Women at the Workplace in Benin, Honduras, Indonesia, Moldova. And policy development online and in the NGO's and trade unions in South Africa and Indonesia.  Last but not least the gender focus of WageIndicator is reflected in the composition of its international staff: more working women than men from around the world.


  • Thanks for educating employees in Kenya ( to their rights and the employment act.
  • Mijn organisatie gebruikt loonwijzer als uitgangspunt voor transparante salarissen. Zo kan iedereen 3 functies uitzoeken waarvan hij/zij vindt dat de combinatie van functies het beste zijn/haar taken omschrijft en daar berekenen we dan het salaris uit. Dit werkt tot nog toe geweldig! Brainstud.
  • " -Je vous remercie pour votre aide et de votre soutien. Cela m'a beaucoup aidé, et finalement j'ai pu régler ma situation et cela grâce au lien que vous m'avez envoyé. Bonne journée et merci"
  • " I love the fact that stuff like this happens and I would love to be part of it. " - visitor
  • " Labour law is not so easy to understand and straightforward, but this site does talk to us employees in lay-mans term, which is great. 
    I am currently a department manager in retail, I earn below the SD9 earnings threshold, does this mean I should be compensated for public holidays and sunday pay as I am not currently getting paid for this. In some weeks I work 56 hours with no overtime", visitor
  • "Your site is extremely good!", a lawyer about
  • "I am regular visitor of the site and would like to thank you for sharing various informative reading material which help people like me who works in HR to get updated with knowledge." Amol, about
  • “Dear Sir, yours is a very useful site, particularly for those who are at the bottom of earning norms, and therefore very helpless.” - Suneel Durv, about
  • "I have found the info very helpful. Thanks." - Sofia, about
  • "Good site!" - Michiel, about
  • "Please help, I am troubled. You are the only site which can help. I want to quit a teaching job while I am on probation. its only been 3 weeks. and I feel the job and I are not fit. I only feel depressed and stressed out all the time. as if I am in a jail. and the problem is, they havent yet given me my appointment letter neither have they informed me about the rules of quitting... I dont feel like spending a single sec in that enviornment. Help!"

2017 - University of Amsterdam/AIAS annual conference has focus on WageIndicator

This year the annual conference of AIAS is referring to the achievement and potential of a global data tool with which AIAS is closely connected, that is, the WageIndicator. This Internet-based tool of comparing and sharing wages resulted from a joint initiative of WageIndicator Foundation director Paulien Osse and AIAS research coordinator Kea Tijdens back in 1999. Over the years, AIAS has played its role in the Foundation’s Supervisory Board.
Please find presentations, pictures, video's here.


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