Everything about the CLA for secondary education

De AOb concludes the CLA for secondary education together with the other education unions and the employers' organization VO Council. In the collective labor agreement consultations, the AOb the largest association.

The negotiators of the AOb, other unions and the VO council reached a negotiation agreement on 9 April 2020 for a new collective labor agreement in secondary education. Due to the corona crisis, the focus was mainly on agreeing a pay rise. April 17th the sector council voted, which includes about fifty members who work in secondary schools, with the agreement.


The CLA originally ran from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. As of January 1, 2021, the CLA is valid tacitly renewed. Read more about this here current negotiations.

Main points of the current collective labor agreement

  • The salaries will be increased retroactively from 1 March 2020 by 2,75 percent.
  • In June 2020, a one-off gross payment of 750 euros will be awarded in proportion to the amount of employment.
  • The end-of-year bonus will be increased by 0,6 percent to 8 percent.
  • During the term of this CLA, the CLA parties will evaluate the current exemplary positions for the support staff. Where necessary, the example functions are updated.
  • School boards now provide an introduction program for starting school leaders, including the time required for this.
  • The number of steps in scale 12 for support staff will be reduced from 1 to 2020 as of 16 August 12, in accordance with the LD scale.
  • As of 1 August 2021, staff in both special and public secondary education will receive a temporary contract for a maximum of two years, unless an employer foresees problems on the basis of the multi-year training policy (usually as a result of downsizing). Then the employer can - with the consent of the (p) mr - give temporary contracts for a maximum of three years.
  • Read the news item in which AObdirector Henrik de Moel explains the agreements via this link. 
  • Download the CLA booklet via this link. 

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

  • 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

AObdirector of secondary education Henrik de Moel (photo) and sector manager 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.