11 September 2018

Are supervisors always supposed to have higher income than their employees?

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It is very common for a supervisor to have higher income than their subordinates. But how sensible is such an assumption? Professor Ingrid Robeyns tackles this question in Trouw’s ‘Filosofisch Elftal’.

Teachers might receive higher income than deputy directors because of the recent increase in their salary. Now, school supervisors are also going on strike for increased income and lower workload.

Robeyns, professor in Ethics of Institutions at Utrecht University, thinks it is justified for a director to have a higher income than a teacher. Directors have final responsibility and are ought to possess multiple skill, ranging from the development of a vision and budget management to proactive engagement with political change.

If we want to provide equal opportunity to students, it is of the essence that they are facing the best teachers and directors. As of now, though, that is impossible: besides a shortage of teachers, there is also a shortage of elementary school directors. These are writings on the wall. Something is obviously going wrong with the status and reward of these professions from the public sector.
Prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns

Ingrid Robyens

Ingrid Robeyns is professor in Ethics of Institutions. She is also connected to Institutions for Open Societies, an interdisciplinary research group focused on the development and growth of open societies around the world.