Everything about the collective labor agreement for primary education

On 11 October 2021, the collective labor agreement negotiators reached a negotiator's agreement for a new primary education collective labor agreement. The AOb, the other unions and the employers' organization PO council are the negotiating parties and are currently consulting their supporters about the agreement.


The collective labor agreement for primary education runs from 1 January to 31 December 2021.

Main points collective labor agreement primary education 2021

  • Teachers, educational support staff and school leaders will receive a pay increase of 2,25 percent. All employees will receive this salary increase with retroactive effect to January 1, 2021. The increase will affect all benefits that exceed the statutory minimum
  • In December 2021, the year-end bonus will be increased once from 6,3 to 6,5 percent
  • The negotiators will discuss further in the next collective labor agreement round about the distribution of the 500 million euros to -partly- close the pay gap.
  • The structural amount of 500 million euros will go to, among other things, targeted remuneration agreements for oops, teachers and school leaders. Special attention will be paid to secondary special education and to offering career prospects
  • De AOb continues to emphasize politically that more structural money is needed to completely close the pay gap
  • Read the entire news item with a comment from AOb-driver Thijs Roovers via
  • Download the Negotiating Agreement with all the details below


In primary education you are entitled to two hours per week of individual professional development in a full-time job. This time is separate from team training and can be saved up to training days. Furthermore, there is an average of at least 500 euros per school (2020 euros in the years 2021 and 600) per FTE available for these training courses. The staff section of the participation council decides how the total budget is distributed.

Have a say in the collective labor agreement

AObmembers participate in discussing the collective labor agreement. This can be done through the primary education sector council. 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 AObChief Driver Simone Fomenko. Mail: sfomenko @aob. Nl

Frequently asked Questions

  • Do I have to come back on a day off?

    Activities that are included in the annual roster are part of the annual task and have therefore become regular working hours. For example, study days are part of your task hours. It may therefore be that you are 'class-free' but still have to come back for training, a meeting or another school activity. You are exempt from all activities on the bapo day. Do you still have to come back? Then the school must compensate for this. After all, you pay for this bapo day yourself.

  • What model is there for the task policy?

    In the CLA for primary education 2018-2019, a work division plan has been chosen. This replaces the old basic and consultation model. On the basis of signals from practice and an evaluation study, it had to be established that working with the two previous models led to a lot of uncertainty in the workplace. The consultation was insufficiently established.

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    With the new division of labor policy, the position of the school team has been more firmly established and a board / school leader cannot determine the division of labor policy without consultation with the team.

    The team, the individual teacher and education and teacher support team are given a say in their own work and all activities at the school with the work division plan.

    The basic principle is that the employee with a full-time appointment can be deployed 1659 hours per school year. The starting point is also the 940 teaching hours that students receive on average per school. In addition, a school team can choose to teach 930 hours per full-time teacher (the funding is based on this), but also more.

    Teachers do not have to teach exactly 940 hours. It depends on what the team decides. If you wish, you can choose to give more lessons. You have to give your consent for this. This is called 'mutual consent'. Less lessons can of course always be done. One teacher likes to give as many lessons as possible, another chooses to be able to do other tasks at the school. So you divide the work at the school as a team.

  • Am I entitled to a permanent contract?

    This depends on several factors. In the first place, it is important to know whether you are working on the basis of a deed of appointment or on the basis of a deed of appointment. In addition, the CLA for primary education has different types of contracts with different rules and outcomes. For example, with contracts for replacement, an employer may enter into a maximum of six temporary contracts in a period of three years. To find out what you are entitled to, it is wise to contact the employees of the Information and Advice Center (IAC).

  • I am replacing someone who is on maternity leave, when am I entitled to a permanent contract?

    The rule is that in case of replacement, other than due to illness, a maximum of six temporary contracts can be entered into in three years.

  • Can a temporary contract end before August 1?

    A temporary contract can end at any time. This does not necessarily have to be on August 1. However, the end date of a contract must in advance be agreed. For example, if your contract ends on July 1, this will also end your employer's wage payment obligation. In that case, the employer does not have to continue to pay you during the summer holidays.

  • Can I determine the end date myself when canceling my contract?

    To determine an end date, you only need to take into account the applicable notice period. Unless otherwise agreed, you must observe a notice period of one month with a contract of twelve months or less. For a contract of longer than twelve months, the notice period is two months. Cancellation always takes place towards the end of the month.

    In general, it is customary to cancel a contract as of August 1, because then the new school year starts. However, you are not obliged to do so, you can determine the end date yourself, with due observance of the notice period.