Everything about the collective labor agreement for higher vocational education

De AOb concludes the collective labor agreement together with the other education unions and the employers' organization Vereniging Hogescholen. In the collective labor agreement consultations, the AOb the largest association.

The latest collective labor agreement in higher professional education became final in June 2020. “Due to the corona crisis, uncertainty about financing and the increased pension premium, we cannot yet make new agreements for the longer term”, says AObdriver Douwe Dirk van der Zweep.


The CLA ran from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, and is still in force until September 1, 2021 at the latest. Read more about the current negotiations.

Main points CLA HBO 2020

  • During this collective labor agreement period (nine months), teaching staff will receive a wage increase of a total of 2,75 percent
  • All employees will receive a one-off payment of 2020 euros gross in June 880. Part-timers receive the amount pro rata. Some universities of applied sciences were unable to credit the benefit to the payslips in June 2020. Then you will receive the benefit in July 2020.
  • New employees who take up a position for which a master's degree is required enter scale 11. Now many employees with master's degrees are in scale 10. Read more
  • Participation councils are better facilitated. Gentlemen get an extra eighty hours a year as support. In addition, they can decide for themselves how to use the money
  • Abolition of pro forma performance reviews. If no appraisal interview takes place, the employee will simply be assigned a periodical
  • Hours for sustainable employability are allocated by the employer in the standard annual task. The employee justifies afterwards what they have been spent on
  • It is no longer possible to save hours for sustainable employability
  • School boards no longer have to convert a temporary contract into a permanent contract in the case of a 'compelling business interest'. This already applied at the level of the entire institution, but now also applies at the educational level
  • AObnegotiator Douwe van der Zweep previously explained this new collective labor agreement. You read that news item Through this link
  • Download the negotiation agreement below. Work is in progress on the definitive collective labor agreement booklet

Have a say in the collective labor agreement

AObmembers participate in discussing the collective labor agreement. This can be done via the sector council for higher professional education. Together with the sector council, the AObnegotiators are committed to collective bargaining. As soon as a negotiator agreement has been reached, it will be presented to the Dutch via regional meetings and a digital poll AObmembers. This poll is an advice to the sector council. The council assesses this and then takes a final decision.

Do you want to participate actively? Register for the sector council via AObhead driver of higher vocational education Auke van Nie. Mail: avnie @aob. Nl 

Frequently asked Questions

  • Who decides on my use of hours for sustainable employability?

    Employees decide on the use of these hours after consultation with their manager. This can be done, for example, in the annual interview cycle. The collective labor agreement for higher professional education states that the scheme is intended to give employees the opportunity to make agreements that help them to do their work well, healthily and with pleasure in the long term.


  • Am I obliged to include my vacation during the school vacation?

    Employers can designate a maximum of four days as mandatory vacation. The other days can be taken freely unless there are compelling reasons on the part of the employer to object.

  • Where can I find the travel allowance?

    The travel costs for commuting are determined per university of applied sciences. This can therefore differ per school. For business trips based on public transport, unless you have permission to travel with your own transport, the tax maximum applies.

AObhigher professional education director Eugenie Stolk

Our negotiators

AOb higher education director Douwe Dirk van der Zweep (photo) and sector manager Roelf van der Ploeg negotiate on behalf of the AOb with employers about the collective labor agreement for higher vocational education. During the negotiations, they engage specialists from the policy staff and legal service.