Everything about the CLA for secondary education

There has been a new collective labor agreement for secondary education 2022/2022 since June 2023.


The collective labor agreement has a term from January 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023.

Main points collective labor agreement 2022/2023

    • Salaries will be structurally increased by 1 percent from 2022 July 4,75
    • Employees receive a one-off payment of 500 euros gross for a full-time job. The rest will receive the benefit pro rata.
    • A structural annual payment of 275 euros has been agreed for the support staff in proportion to their employment. They receive this annually in October.
    • All employees get 63 hours for individual workload relief. They can decide for themselves how they want to use this, for example teaching less, other tasks or extra leave. This must be done in consultation with the employer. Employees can also have these hours paid out once in the 2022-2023 school year
    • From the 2023-2024 school year, all teachers will be given 16 hours for professionalization. In consultation with the manager, these hours are spent on training in the field of basic skills and curriculum revision. These 16 hours are in addition to the 83 hours that are already there for professionalization. For this year there is a transitional arrangement whereby agreements are made in consultation with the PMR about the spending of the funds.
    • The arrangement for parental leave is being improved. In total, all employees are entitled to 830 hours of parental leave per child. Half of this part has been paid for 415 hours. If you include these paid hours in the first year of your child's life, the reimbursement is 75 percent instead of 55 percent. Do not you want that? In that case, the paid leave can always be taken until the child is 4 years old, but then the old rule applies: the employer then pays 55 percent of the salary through
    • In this news item light AOb-driver Jelmer Evers agrees to the agreements from the agreement
    • Do you work at one of the schools of Our Secondary Education in Brabant? Then read this news item. In it puts AObsector director Herman Molleman explains which agreements have been made in this collective labor agreement. Or download the negotiating agreement 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.
Become a member

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

  • The wage increase of 4,75 percent does not compensate for the high inflation. Why wasn't a higher wage increase agreed?

    The bargaining space on wages is limited in the public sectors. The cabinet determines the wage margin in the so-called 'salary margin letter'. Each year, an amount is made available in the national budget based on a percentage of the wage costs for the government sectors, such as the police, education, etc. The cabinet only shares the amount of wage margin with the employers. Despite the fact that the unions are not aware of the contents of the letter, we can roughly estimate the size of the annual wage margin offered. For this year, it amounts to just over 3 percent. There has therefore been a lot of negotiation about a higher wage increase.

    De AOb has recently started a so-called Wob procedure, in which we want to force the minister to make the (annual) salary space letter public.

  • Can I also add the 63 hours for workload relief to my senior hours as an employee of 57 years and older?

    You must make agreements about this with your manager. As with other spending goals, the agreement of both parties is required. The right to use the 50 clock hours basic budget for the senior scheme remains.

  • Can I still save up leave?

    Yes, the text of the collective labor agreement provides scope for this to be agreed in consultation with the employer. The initiative lies with the employees. A clear plan submitted in advance: sabbatical, informal care, study trip or another goal that fits the stage of life helps with this. The full 90 hours (the 50 hours of personal budget that everyone already had and the 40 extra hours for task lighting from the latest collective labor agreement) can be used for this.

  • What happens to the extra 63 hours if I cannot use them in the 2022-2023 school year?

    The collective labor agreement was not concluded until late, which may put you in a bind. The parties to the collective labor agreement regard the 2022-2023 school year as a transition year, in which the employee has the option of having these extra hours paid out (in whole or in part). For the rest, the old situation still applies to the original 50-hour personal budget.

  • 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.

    In the new collective labor agreement 2022-2023 it has been agreed that teachers an extra budget of 16 hours for professionalization (with a full-time job). This is in addition to the 83 hours. These 16 hours should mainly be spent on training for basic skills and curriculum revision.

  • 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.

  • Do we receive a one-off 2022 hours PB for the 2023-23 school year?

    Yes, the funding of the work pressure resources (€300 million) is done on an annual basis. The parties to the collective labor agreement assumed that these resources would become available from the 2022-2023 school year. That is why an additional amount of €175 million has been transferred to the schools. As also happened with the structural resources, the CLA parties have agreed to add half of this amount to the collective approach at the schools and that the other half will be added once to the Pb budget. Converted, this amounts to an extra 23 clock hours. (1 fte)

    Here too, as with the 40 clock hours (1 FTE), these hours can be paid at the request of the employee. Other spending goals can be agreed upon in consultation.