Hourly rate indicator, minimum rate and benchmark tariff tool

Three ways to find a reasoned indication of an hourly rate

A principal does not pay taxes, social premiums and suchlike. An independent professional pays these taxes and premiums and will have to make reserves for this using a suitable rate. As a result of changes in the economy and market, because assignments last for a longer or shorter period of time, no one suitable rate exists. The ultimate rate will always be a result of negotiations between the assignee and the principal.


Below you will find three methods which could serve as a basis for determining a suitable hourly rate.

  1. The first method uses the gross income from a comparable position in permanent employment as the basis.
    The advantage of this method is that aspects such as scarcity have already also been processed in a fixed gross salary.
    Independent professionals can benefit from tax advantages, however they must also take care of more own insurances and payments. It is therefore not 100% comparable, but this method is very useful as an indication.
    Click on the green button to calculate this hourly rate.

  2. The second method helps to calculate a minimum hourly rate, the minimum in fact.
    This depends on the number of possible hours to be worked and the amount of costs and personal wishes.
    This rate guarantees a certain standard of living and shows in concrete terms how far a rate can go down.
    Click on the blue button to calculate this personal rate.

  3. The third method is a unique tool based on market research from Intelligence Group and data from Planet Interim.
    We have developed a tool with which you can easily find the benchmark of your own hourly rate.
    Click on the orange button to calculate the benchmark rate.