I've read that in Belgium academic salaries are based on years since PhD. If this is the case, is this always the case? Are there special cases where someone would be paid more than their "years since" rate? Like, for example, if an early career scholar brings in a very large research grant: still the "years since" rate? It would seem difficult to keep talent with such a system so perhaps I am misunderstanding something.
I work at a major Flemish institution (but am not local). Here there are different salary scales, depending on your rank.
You start as faculty as a "ZAP" (tenure track Assistant Professor). It is true that your salary increases every year. But that is normal I guess. To keep track of inflation I guess.
In order to have a more significant pay rise you need to advance through the ranks, get tenure, become associate, become full professor, etc.