Education staff wonders whether the salary increase is compensating for inflation. Thijs Roovers:
Education staff wonders whether the salary increase is compensating for inflation. Thijs Roovers: "The wage margin - roughly the compensation for tax increases - for 2022 has not yet been incorporated in this collective labor agreement."

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Five answers about the new collective labor agreement for primary education

A lot will change in the new collective labor agreement. What does that mean for your salary? And how can a new gap between primary and secondary education be prevented? Thijs Roovers answers five frequently asked questions about the historic collective labor agreement.

Many teachers in primary education are in scale L10. This group does not seem to be making much progress on a monthly basis. Is that right?

“That depends on what you're looking at. If you are in scale L10, step 15 and work four days a week – that is the average teacher – you will gain about 60 euros net per month with this new collective labor agreement. If you look at the annual salary, this teacher makes an even bigger leap. The year-end bonus will increase by 2 percent. And the commitment allowance is back, the amount that teachers get who are at the end of their scale. Both amounts are in proportion to your employment. For someone who works for four days, the binding allowance is EUR 1273 gross, which will be credited to your account every year in August. And don't forget: you buy a house, for example, on the basis of your gross annual salary, not your net monthly salary."

The rising fixed costs are deducted from your net monthly salary. Is inflation sufficiently compensated with this collective labor agreement?

“No, because the wage margin – roughly the compensation for tax increases – for 2022 has not yet been incorporated in this agreement. That is why the collective labor agreement will only run until May 31. We are now going to continue negotiations to get that wage margin as quickly and as much as possible towards the salary as well.”

So the large group of teachers from L10 has already had the hit before?

“In 2018 we opted to have the investment in teacher salaries mainly land in scale L10 (in the new collective labor agreement this is LB, ed.). Partly because of the failure of the function mix. Employers were given money to put teachers in a higher position and therefore in a higher scale, but that hardly happened. We thought that this group was the first to be entitled to more money and already abolished the lowest teacher scale and closed the gap with secondary education for L10. With the latest collective labor agreement, the pay gap has been bridged for everyone: also for teachers in other scales, support staff and school leaders.”

What will change for support staff and school leaders?

“With this collective labor agreement, supporters will benefit by 4 to 5 percent on an annual basis. The salaries of directors and assistants are rising even more: by 10 percent for most. Do you want to know what your salary will be? Then go to aobeducationsalary.nl† Please note, there can always be differences between what the AOb salary check and your own pay slip. For example, because you receive a labor market allowance or because you have taken out additional insurance against incapacity for work. It remains an indication, but in most cases it is accurate.”

AOb- director Thijs Roovers: “All parties agree that the gap should not return.”

There are currently two separate collective labor agreements for primary and secondary education. Could this still create a gap?

All sides agree that the gap should not come back. We also agreed that in the Education agreement. The AOb therefore wants to negotiate directly with the education minister about the wage margin and no longer with two separate employers' associations. The government would like to have a single collective labor agreement for primary and secondary education, but that requires more time and reflection. Both have their own character. Think of authorizations, surcharge factor, lesson-related hours, and so on. In the near future we will find out what else we can synchronize besides the salary tables.”

Do you want to know what your salary will be? Then go to aobeducationsalary.nl.

– The year-end bonus and any binding allowance are visible in the month of the year in which they are paid, in December and in August.
– The labor market grant from NPO funds – the extra salary that teachers receive who work in schools with many vulnerable students – is not included in the tool. That amount depends on the school board for which you work.
– The Ministry of Education has communicated a salary increase of 440 euros per month. This is an average gross amount, including all surcharges, and calculated over a longer period. This is therefore not the amount that you will receive extra in the short term.
- AObEducational salary remains a calculation tool, whereby we approach as closely as possible what you will receive net per month. Ultimately, of course, what you get on your pay slip applies.

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Check out Thijs' vlog. In this he answers even more questions about the new collective labor agreement.

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