Dutch university terms and conditions of employment in brief

This website provides a general outline of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) applicable between 1 April 2023 and 30 June 2024, and the terms and conditions that apply to you as an employee of a Dutch university. It sets out the most important information on employment conditions, personal development, leave, occupational health and safety, your employment contract, and pension options in a format that is clear and easy to use.

The full collective labour agreement

The information about the collective labour agreement provided on this website is not exhaustive, so no rights may be derived from it. If you wish to read the full text of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU), you can download it in full or click on the hyperlinks to view the relevant CAO articles.



That is why personal development, sustainable employability and mobility of employees are of paramount importance at Dutch universities.

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Work and private life

It is important that you have enough space to relax next to your work. A good work-life balance ensures balance in your life. Sometimes your work is more in the foreground.

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Work and health

The university does a lot to ensure that you work as safely and healthily as possible. The working conditions policy is aimed at preventing you from being overburdened mentally or physically.

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Termination of employment

Your job at the university can end because your temporary contract expires, because you retire or because of a reorganization.

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What does a job at the university mean for the accrual of your pension? You can read here how your pension is arranged, whether you can continue working after your retirement and what will happen with your …

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Useful addresses

Look here for useful addresses of employee organizations and employer organizations. Do you have questions? Fill in the contact form.

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