Everything about the collective labor agreement for higher vocational education

De AOb conclude the collective labor agreement together with the other education unions and the employers' organization Vereniging Hogescholen (VH). In the collective labor agreement, the AOb the largest union. In October 2021, the unions and the VH announced that there is a new collective labor agreement.


The collective labor agreement has a term from January 1, 2021 to April 1, 2022.

Main points of the collective labor agreement for HBO 2021-2022

  • Education staff will receive a wage increase of 2022 percent as of February 2
  • In November 2021, all employees will receive a one-off payment of EUR 880 gross for a full-time job. The rest will receive this in proportion to the employment
  • Mr'en from universities of applied sciences update the existing workload plans. They must take into account working online since corona and make agreements about the availability of workplaces for working online, the number of hours of computer work and the right to inaccessibility.
  • The mrs test whether higher professional education employers give their staff realistic task assignments. Which means people should be given enough time and resources to perform their tasks
  • Before 1 April 2022, the parties to the collective labor agreement will examine schemes to properly guide new employees and relieve their workload, and to enable older employees to reach the state pension age in a healthy way.
  • Read the news item via this link. Download the Negotiating Agreement below. The final collective labor agreement is being worked on

CLA agreements for training

Universities of applied sciences must annually spend at least six percent of their total annual income on professionalization. Managers make agreements with teachers and support staff about the training activities and record this in writing. Do you have an employment contract of 0,4 FTE or more? Then you are entitled to XNUMX hours per year to work on your competence. Employees with a smaller employment contract get fewer hours. The employers must ensure that these hours in the annual job are exempt. If you have to retrain on the instructions of the employer and cannot refuse this, the employer must reimburse one hundred percent in time and money.

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.