There is a negotiator's agreement for a new collective labor agreement in MBO.
There is a negotiator's agreement for a new collective labor agreement in MBO.

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Salary increase for all MBO employees

As of next month, all MBO employees will see a wage increase on their pay slip and a one-off bonus of 500 euros gross for a full-time job. The unions and the MBO council will also work together to get more money from the ministry to improve the career prospects of teachers.

That is stated the agreement for a new, short-term collective labor agreement in MBO. Last week, the negotiators reached an agreement. “This is the maximum achievable for now,” says AObchairman Tamar van Gelder who, on behalf of the AOb negotiates for secondary vocational education. “It is mainly a 'poencao', but we have also laid a good foundation to improve career prospects.”

With the collective labor agreement, which runs from 15 May 2021 to 1 December 2021, all MBO employees will be paid the wage margin that the Ministry of Education has promised as soon as possible. As of 1 July, wages will rise structurally by 1,6 percent and employees will receive a one-off payment of 500 euros gross for a full-time job and the rest in proportion to their employment.

Career prospects

The MBO council, which represents employers in MBO, did not want to make any further adjustments to the collective labor agreement after a hectic corona school year. Van Gelder: “We have urged that we also make agreements about career prospects and take steps in this regard. Especially because members consider this an important topic, as our poll showed.” Career prospects are important because it makes the profession more attractive. The AOb would therefore like to lay down agreements in the collective labor agreement so that MBO teachers can make a better career in the classroom. For example, they should be able to get the better-paid LC position without having to leave the classroom to start managing.

'We have urged to also make agreements about career prospects and to take steps in this regard'

Van Gelder: "It must be clear which requirements -for example training- employees must meet in order to be promoted." MBO institutions must clearly record this, as stated in the negotiator's agreement. In addition, the scaling up of lecturers to a higher salary scale - the job mix - must not deteriorate. “The ratio of LB and LC should remain stable, especially now that we are discussing this further,” says de AObchairman.


The gain is mainly due to the fact that the unions are now working together with the employers' organization MBO-raad to ask for more money from the Ministry of Education. The agreement states that an amount of 90 million euros is structurally needed so that all MBO institutions throughout the Netherlands can implement the job mix. The AOb already mentioned such an amount in the Salary step-by-step plan for high school a few years ago. “This is a message to the new cabinet. If you want more people to work in MBO, make it more attractive,” says Van Gelder.

'If you want more people to work in MBO, make it more attractive'

At present, more teachers at MBO institutions in the Randstad have moved up to a higher salary scale than in the rest of the Netherlands. This is because there is a subsidy scheme of 50 million euros per year for this, an agreement from the Teachers Covenant from 2008. The unions and employers want the ministry to extend this scheme so that it continues after 2022. “We also believe that if it works like this in the Randstad, the rest of the MBO institutions should also receive this subsidy. Now it leads to an inexplicable difference within MBO”, says Van Gelder. The agreement states that both parties, the unions and the MBO council, will commit themselves to this at the ministry.


According to the AObchairman, the agenda is also fixed for the next five months after this negotiator's agreement. “The fact that the collective labor agreement is short-term is beneficial. It keeps the pressure on the kettle.” For now, this was the maximum achievable within this period. “We have a good basis to continue with career prospects being the number one topic. We will also discuss work pressure reduction, sustainable employability, the pension agreement/RVU, and the impact of working from home.”

De AObThe sector council will consider the negotiator agreement next Friday. Van Gelder puts it positively. All AObMBO members will receive an email today with a link to a poll so that they can let them know what they think of the agreement.

Download the full text of the negotiating agreement here.  
Next Thursday, July 1, from 16.00 p.m., negotiator Tamar van Gelder will answer questions about the agreement. Do you want to ask a question or receive more information? Register via our calendar.  

Negotiation agreement in brief

  • All employees will receive a 1,6 percent salary increase from 1 July 2021 and a one-off payment of 500 euros gross for a full-time job. Proportionate part-timers. These benefits are pensionable
  • The new collective labor agreement will run from 15 May 2021 to 1 December 2021
  • During the term of this collective labor agreement, the unions and employers will make every effort to obtain extra money from the ministry. With the money, the parties to the collective labor agreement want to expand the current subsidy scheme to bring teachers in higher salary scales for MBO institutions in the Randstad to the whole of the Netherlands.
  • The unions and employers find it important that promotion with a better salary happens in the classroom. Getting a promotion shouldn't mean always leaving class
  • The parties to the collective labor agreement will discuss the sector analysis on sustainable employability and consider whether agreements are necessary in a subsequent collective labor agreement
  • The possibilities of combining working from home with being at school are being explored. This will be included in a subsequent collective labor agreement. The same applies to a 'Lifelong Development'.

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