The salaries of university staff will rise by 1.25 percent. The increase, starting as of 1 September 2015, will be paid just before Christmas. Also the promised lump sum will go from 350 to 500 euro.
Employers and unions have come to this arrangement following an agreement in July to lower pension premiums paid into pension funds, which allows more financial space for employers to increase salaries. There was doubt whether the agreement could be executed if the pension fund ABP decided to increase the monthly pension premiums. On Friday it was announced that, starting from the 1st of January, the pension premiums will be lowered by almost 2 percent, at least until April.
The salaries will structurally increase by the 1st of September 2015 – thus retroactively – by 1,25 percent. On the 1st of January 2016 the salaries will additionally increase with 1 percent. This was already agreed upon in the collective labour agreement for universities. Moreover, due to the lowering of the pension premium payments, from the 1st of January employees will have a little bit more left over in net wage.
Employees that were employed on 1 September 2015 will additionally receive a lump sum of €500 gross worth in December for a fulltime job. This payment replaces the lump sum of €350 gross worth in June 2016, which was agreed upon in the collective labour agreement (caoNU).
Employees that were employed after 1 September 2015 and that are still employed on 1 June 2016, will receive the caoNU agreed lump sum of €350 gross worth for a full time job. Student- assistants, employees in youth scales, workers with a minimum youth wage and SOM-students will not receive this lump sum.