Everything about the CLA for secondary education

There is a new collective labor agreement in secondary education. On October 14, 2021, the unions and the VO council reached a negotiator's agreement, after which all supporters agreed.


The collective labor agreement runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. This collective labor agreement has been extended until a new collective labor agreement has been drawn up. read this message about that.

Main points of the 2021 collective labor agreement

    • Salaries will be structurally increased with retroactive effect from 1 October 2021 by 1,8 percent for all education employees
    • Employees receive a one-off payment of 800 euros gross for a full-time job. The rest will receive the benefit pro rata. The duration of the employment contract in 2021 also counts towards the amount of the one-off payment. This benefit is pensionable. See calculation examples below in the frequently asked questions
    • An amount has been chosen instead of a percentage with the one-off payment as compensation for the period 1 January to 1 October 2021. This is more favorable for colleagues with a lower income, they receive more for an agreed amount than a percentage
    • De AOb focuses on politics to get structural investments for secondary education. Wages must be even better and the workload must be lower. Read here the letter that the AOb sent to the formation table
    • In this news item light AOb-driver Jelmer Evers agrees to the agreements from the agreement
    • Download the collective labor agreement booklet below

The more members, the stronger we stand in the negotiations for your collective labor agreement. And, when you are a member, you have a say and you can influence this. We also organize meetings for members around the (new) collective labor agreements, so that you can make optimal use of them. In addition, as a member you have many other benefits, such as the right to legal aid for your work and income and the Education magazine on your doormat every month.
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CLA agreements for training

Every year, ten percent of staff funding is spent on professional development in terms of time and money. As a teacher at a secondary school you are entitled to at least 83 clock hours and you can decide for yourself how those hours are used. Both teachers and educational support staff receive a budget of 600 euros per year for training. Educational assistants are entitled to at least forty clock hours. Training instructed by the employer is fully reimbursed in time and money.

Have a say in the collective labor agreement

AObmembers participate in discussing the collective labor agreement. This can be done through the sector council for secondary 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 AObCEO Kim van Strien. Mail: kvstrien @aob. Nl 

Frequently asked Questions

  • How is the one-off payment from the 2021 collective labor agreement calculated?

    Depending on the duration and scope of your employment in calendar year 2021, you will receive all or part of the one-off payment of 800 euros gross for a full-time job.

    EXAMPLE 1: Did you work in secondary education until 1 August 2021 and did you have a contract of 1 FTE? Then there is a supplementary payment from your previous employer. The calculation is as follows: 7/10 x 800 euros (1fte) = 560 euros grosso.

    EXAMPLE 2: If you worked in a part-time job until 1 August, the amount of the benefit will be awarded pro rata. Suppose you had a job of 0,7 FTE, then you will receive a supplementary payment of 7/10 x (0.7 x 800 euros) = 327 euros gross.

    EXAMPLE 3: Did you only start working in secondary education in September? Then the calculation at your current employer is: 2/10 x 800 euros (1 FTE).

  • Why have no agreements about work pressure been made in the latest 2021 collective labor agreement?

    Significant investment is needed in secondary education to improve wages and tackle work pressure. A new cabinet is still pending. Unfortunately, corona still has a major impact on daily practice. Hence the AOb wanted to secure the available wage margin for 2021. The major themes, such as work pressure and professionalisation, are high on the collective labor agreement agenda in 2022. The term of this collective labor agreement is therefore limited: until 1 January 2022.

  • What can I do with the 600 euros for professional development?

    Article 16.5 of the CLA for secondary education states that every teacher and support worker is entitled to 600 euros per school year for 'all forms of' expertise promotion and professionalization. It is good to know that these terms cover a lot and that you have to think further than just professionalisation at school. As an employee, you can determine what you use the budget for. The choice should not be limited to the importance of the position or the school. AObsector manager Herman Molleman gives an example: For example, a math teacher can use this money to subscribe to a pricey scientific journal with apps and books. The use of the budget is discussed with the manager every year.


  • What happens to my days off when I am sick?

    What happens with the holiday leave differs per function.

    Job category of management and teachers:
    If in a school year (the period from 1 August of one year to 1 August of the next year) you have taken twenty days of holiday leave (part-timers pro rata), the remaining days of leave will lapse.

    Job category of teaching support staff
    During sick leave, you are entitled to statutory vacation leave (art. 15.3 paragraph 1 of the collective labor agreement-VO) for the period of the last 24 months and to the non-statutory vacation leave (art. 15.3 paragraph 2) for the last 6 months that you are incapacitated for work. If you want to be temporarily exempted from the reintegration obligations during your holiday, you must take holiday leave for this (art. 15.3 paragraph 4 of the CAO-VO).

  • What is my personal basic allowance in hours and in money with regard to professionalisation?

    A teacher is entitled to 83 hours and 600 euros per school year for the promotion of expertise and professionalization activities. Forty clock hours and 600 euros applies to an educational assistant. The basic entitlement in time and money is calculated in proportion to the size of the employment. You can decide for yourself how to use the budget. If you do not make use of the basic right during the school year in which the right was granted, it will lapse.

  • When am I entitled to a lesson reduction and what does it mean?

    As a starting teacher you are entitled to a reduction of your teaching task by 20 percent during the first year and 10 percent during the second year of the appointment.

    A starting teacher is understood to mean the employee with a first regular appointment in a teaching position, regardless of the size of the position. The lesson reduction relates to the teaching task laid down in the task policy of the school concerned for a comparable appointment.

  • What choices do I have with regard to the basic budget of fifty hours (part-timers pro rata)?

    You can choose to use the basic budget to adjust the activities, by reducing the lesson task or reducing the other tasks. You may also use the basic budget as leave for sustainable employability. Finally, you can choose to capitalize the hours of the basic budget. The value of the basic budget can be spent on the contribution to the costs of childcare or an increase in pension entitlements.

  • What is an employee aged 57 and older entitled to if she or he does not fall under the BAPO transitional scheme?

    In addition to the basic budget of 50 clock hours (part-timers pro rata), an employee aged 57 and older is entitled to an additional leave budget of 120 hours (part-timers pro rata) per year. A personal contribution of 50 percent applies to the supplementary leave budget for a position with a maximum scale of 9 or higher. A personal contribution of 1 percent applies for a job with a maximum scale of 8 to 40.

    The teacher and educational assistant with teaching tasks can take up the right to 170 hours (part-time pro rata) per year in the form of a reduction of the maximum teaching task by three lessons of fifty minutes. In addition, the employee is enabled to take the leave in a recognizable manner in the form of a half day off.

    The employee aged 57 and older can also add another 170 hours of leave (part-time pro rata) to the supplementary leave budget. A personal contribution of 100 percent applies for these hours. The teacher and OOP'er with teaching tasks can use the total budget of 340 hours (part-time pro rata) in the form of a reduction of the maximum teaching task by six lessons of fifty minutes. In addition, the employee is enabled to take the 340-hour leave in a recognizable manner in the form of a day off.

    The teacher and OOP person with teaching duties can choose to use 170 hours to maximize the number of days to be scheduled to four per week. This employee can be called up by the employer for a maximum of ten half-days per year on the scheduled day off to perform non-teaching tasks.

Our negotiators

AObsecondary education director Jelmer Evers (photo) and sector director Herman Molleman negotiate on behalf of the AOb with employers about the collective labor agreement. During the negotiations, they engage specialists from the policy staff and legal service.