The members of TEK often work as senior salaried employees. The collective agreements for senior salaried employees do not typically include salary provisions, or minimum salaries agreed under the collective agreement. Instead, your salary will be based on the salary you ask for, which is negotiated with the employer. Deciding what your desired salary should be is not easy, especially if you are just starting your career. TEK’s starter salary recommendation can help you make this decision.
TEK's starter salary recommendation is not based on nothing. It relies on the TEK Graduate Survey, which gathers responses from a large share of the academic engineers and architects graduating in Finland. When drafting the recommendation, we also consider the forecasts of future economic and salary trends. The starter salary recommendation is decided by TEK’s Private Sector Committee, whose members are familiar with the issues of TEK members in the labour market. Many of them work as employee representatives in their workplaces. TEK’s Youth Committee is also asked to provide a statement before the recommendation is given.
TEK aims to improve its members’ salary development and this is taken into account when forming the recommendation. The recommendation is therefore not the average salary that has been earned by graduates in the past six months or so, but slightly higher.