Will you be reaching the AOW state pension age within five years and would you like to start working less? In that case, the Vitality pact is a possible option. If you take part in the Vitality pact, you will reduce the number of working hours per week while maintaining your pension accrual. This brochure tells you more about this scheme and what it means for you.

  • About the Vitality Pact

    The Vitality pact is a component of the new Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (cao-NU). This Collective Labour Agreement stipulates that as of 1 January 2019, all universities will introduce a Vitality pact. The text of this brochure based on Article 6.13 to 6.16 of the cao-NU. No rights can be derived from the contents of this brochure. The text of the Collective Labour Agreement shall take precedence.

    The University of Twente offers you the possibility, once you are within five years of the state pension age, of retaining your full pension accrual while reducing your working hours by 0.2 FTE and your salary to 85% of your original salary, or a reduction of 0.4 FTE and to 70% of your original salary (if you currently work full-time). If you work part-time, the scheme applies pro rata. The University of Twente compensates for part of your income and your pension accrual is not affected.


    Alternative

    % that you work

    % of the salary that you receive

    Pension accrual

    Alternative A

    80%

    85%

    100%

    Alternative B

    60%

    70%

    100%

    WHEN CAN YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE VITALITY PACT?

    You can participate in the Vitality pact if:

    • you will reach the AOW state pension age within five years;
    • you have been employed by the University of Twente for at least 10 years;
    • your working week will be at least 16 hours after entering into the Vitality pact;
    • you are not making use of a regulation for senior staff.

    WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS OF THE VITALITY PACT?

    • The scheme will initially be introduced for a limited period: from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2021. During this period, you can join the Vitality pact.  
    • If you join on 31 December 2021, it will continue until you have reached the AOW state pension age. If your employment is terminated for a different reason, the Vitality pact will come to an end earlier.
    • If you opt for the Vitality pact with 80% of working hours, you can choose after a year to extend the scheme and work only 60% of your full-time hours. You must, however, continue to work at least 16 hours.
    • You can only participate after your accumulated leave from the long-term saving model (e.g. sabbatical) has been taken in full and the number of hours of leave has been reduced to a maximum of one year's credit in relation to the number of holiday hours to which you are entitled annually on the basis of your original employment contract.  
    • If you participate in the Vitality pact, you will not get those hours back. This is because the financial resources released will be used for recruitment and promotion within the University.

    You can find an overview of all the binding conditions in the cao-NU, Article 6.13 to 6.16; 

    HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE VITALITY PACT?

    If you wish to take part, you need to submit your request three months before you want to start, using the download below.

    You will receive a response within one month. A request will be approved, unless there are serious business interests involved. It is also possible that you will be able to take part at a later time, for example at the start of a new academic year.

    How do I transfer my tasks?

    We want to prevent you or your colleagues from experiencing extra work pressure as a result of taking part in the Vitality Pact. That is why we make sure that your tasks are reduced proportionally to the hours you work less. The interpretation of the new working week and the transfer of some of your tasks will therefore take place in consultation between you and your manager. You record the agreements you made. Use this form to do so. Fill in the application form (see download above) and submit it to the HR department of your faculty or department.

    QUESTIONS

    Do you still have questions about the Vitality pact? Go to more info on financial aspects and the FAQ below.
    Is your question not being answered, or do you want to discuss something? Please contact your manager or your HR advisor.  

  • Financial aspects

    On this page, we would like to give you an idea of the financial aspects of participation in the Vitality pact. 

    SALARY

    Your salary will be reduced. In addition, bonuses will be calculated on the basis of the reduced salary, with the exception of a bonus for a government service or university anniversary. The official working hours per week are not affected. You are granted special leave for the hours that you do not work.

    YOUR PENSION

    You will accrue your full pension on the original working hours. Together, we will also continue to pay the pension contribution on the original working hours. Do you want to supplement your income during the period that you make use of the Vitality pact? In that case, you can opt to join the ABP Multi-Option Pension (KeuzePensioen) fund. You will then use part of the pension to supplement your income. You decide whether and how much pension you want to use (a minimum of 10%). However, there is no obligation to do this. There are conditions attached to taking up the ABP Multi-Option Pension. You can find these conditions on www.abp.nl.

    LEAVE

    The number of hours of annual leave will be reduced to the legal minimum for the remaining number of working days. In addition, you will accrue extra leave each week because you are working somewhat more than the part-time factor of your new working week.

    The table below shows your annual holiday entitlement in the case of participation in the scheme as well as the number of hours that you work under the new arrangement.

    Alternative A

    20% special leave

    Extent of current employment

    Old working week

    Extent of new working week

    Hours of new working week

    Annual holiday entitlement

    1.00

    38

    0.80

    32

    199

    0.95

    36

    0.76

    30

    188

    0.84

    32

    0.67

    26.5

    168

    0.79

    30

    0.63

    25

    157

    0.74

    28

    0.59

    23.5

    147

    0.63

    24

    0.51

    20

    126

    0.53

    20

    0.42

    16.5

    105

    0.50

    19

    0.40

    16

    100

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Alternative B

    40% special leave

     

    1.00

    38

    0.60

    24

    149

    0.95

    36

    0.57

    22.5

    141

    0.84

    32

    0.51

    20

    126

    0.79

    30

    0.47

    18.5

    118

    0.74

    28

    0.44

    17.5

    110

    0.68

    26

    0.41

    16

    102

    ADDITIONAL INCOME

    If you take part in the Vitality pact, you are not allowed to engage in any new paid ancillary activities or expand your existing ancillary activities. If you already have additional income on top of your contract of employment with the University, you can continue to receive this. Before you take part in the Vitality pact, we have to have approved this additional income by means of the Ancillary Activities web application.

    UNDERSTANDING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE

    We think it is important for you to be aware of the personal consequences of participation in the Vitality pact. We therefore offer you the chance to gain an understanding of your financial situation through the FinBase agency. 

    NO ADDITIONAL WORKLOAD

    We want to ensure that neither you nor your colleagues experience a greater workload as a result of your participation in the Vitality pact. We therefore ensure that your tasks are reduced in line with the reduction in the hours that you work. The organisation of the new working week and the transfer of some of your tasks will therefore be arranged in consultation between you and your manager. You will draw up a new work roster together. The financial resources released will be used within the faculty or service department to promote recruitment or promotion.

    WHAT IF I SUFFER FROM A LONG-TERM ILLNESS AFTER JOINING THE VITALITY PACT?

    If you suffer from a long-term illness after joining the Vitality pact, your participation in the pact will end after nine months of occupational disability. The reduction due to occupational disability will then be based on your salary prior to taking part in the Vitality pact.

    EXAMPLES OF MONTHLY SALARY CALCULATIONS

    The sample calculations below show the effect on your gross and net salary in the case of participation in alternative A or B of the Vitality pact.

     

     

    Alternative A

    80/85/100

    Alternative B

    60/70/100

    Full-time monthly salary

    Scale 7

     

     

    Gross

    €3,025

    €2,571

    €2,118

    Net

    €2,197

    €1,943

    €1,690

    Full-time monthly salary

    Scale 10

     

     

    Gross

    €4,274

    €3,633

    €2,992

    Net

    €2,842

    €2,483

    €2,125

    Full-time monthly salary

    Scale 13

     

     

    Gross

    €6,133

    €5,213

    €4,293

    Net

    €3,675

    €3,276

    €2,763

    This refers to a standard calculation based on the salary that applies as of 1 February 2019 and the tax brackets and social security contributions for 2019, as far as they are known, and without bonuses or additional deductions such as IPAP (loss-of-income insurance in the event you become unable to work). No rights can be derived from these calculation examples.   

  • FAQ
    • What is the Vitality pact?

      The Vitality pact is a scheme that aims to contribute to the health, happiness and productivity of university employees so they can continue working until they reach retirement age. The change in staffing also benefits recruitment and promotion.
      The basic principle of the scheme is that it is neutral from a budgetary point of view and that implementation of the scheme does not lead to a disproportionate increase in workload.

    • When does the Vitality pact take effect?

      You can join the scheme on or after 1 January 2019. 

    • When should my decision be final?

      The deadline for entering the Vitality pact used to be 1 July 2020. Recently a new deadline has been agreed upon. The new deadline is 31 December 2021. This means that actual participation in the scheme must commence no later than 31 December 2021 and last until you have reached AOW state pension age.

    • How long will the scheme apply?

      If you join the Vitality pact before 1 January 2022, it will continue to apply until you have reached the AOW state pension age. If your employment is terminated for a different reason, then your participation in the Vitality pact will also end. This applies for example if you decide to make full use of the ABP Multi-Option Pension plan (KeuzePensioen). The Vitality pact will also end in the event of long-term complete occupational disability, in which case the scheme will end after 9 months.

    • At what age may I take part in the Vitality pact?

      If at the moment of entering the scheme you are five years away from reaching AOW state pension age, then you may join.

    • Can the University of Twente deny a request?

      Yes we can, but we only refuse participation in the scheme on the grounds of compelling business interests or if there is an unacceptable increase in your or your colleagues’ workload. It is also possible that you will be able to take part at a later time. This may be the case for example during times when there are serious operational management issues due to unfilled vacancies. In this case we may postpone your participation until the beginning of the next academic year at the latest.

    • Which variants are there to choose from?
      • Option A: 80% work - 85% salary - 100% pension accrual
      • Option B: 60% work - 70% salary - 100% pension accrual
    • Which conditions apply to participation?
      • You have been employed by the University of Twente for at least 10 years;
      • Your working week will be at least 16 hours after entering into the Vitality pact;
      • You may not participate in a regulation for senior staff.
      • The scheme will initially be introduced for a limited period: from 1 January 2019 to 1 July 2020. The enddate of this period has now been prolonged to 31 December 2021. During this period, you can join the Vitality pact.
        If you join the Vitality pact before 1 January 2022, it will continue to apply until you have reached the AOW state pension age. If your employment is terminated for a different reason, then your participation in the Vitality pact will also end. This applies for example if you decide to make full use of the ABP Multi-Option Pension plan (KeuzePensioen).
      • Have you decided to opt for the Vitality pact with 80% of your working hours? If so, you can choose after a year to extend the scheme and work only 60% of your full-time hours. You must, however, continue to work at least 16 hours.
      •  If you participate in the Vitality pact, you will not get those hours back. This is because the financial resources released will be used for recruitment and promotion within the university.

      You can find an overview of all the binding conditions in the cao-NU, the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities, Articles 6.13 to 6.16.

    • Is it possible to switch between variants in the meantime?

      Yes, if you participate in the 80-85-100 variant, then you may switch to the 60-70-100 variant after 1 year. You must, however, continue to work at least 16 hours. This is because the financial resources released will be used for recruitment and promotion within the university.

    • Will the Vitality pact affect my bonuses?

      Yes. Because your salary will be reduced, bonuses will be calculated based on the reduced salary (85 to 70% respectively). There is an exception: the bonus for a service anniversary or university anniversary.

    • I work part-time. Can I then participate in the scheme?

      Yes, you may. There is, however, a lower limit. You must continue to work at least 16 hours per week.

    • When participating in the Vitality pact, will I be allowed to perform ancillary work elsewhere?

      If you take part in the Vitality pact, you are not allowed to engage in any new paid ancillary activities or expand your existing ancillary activities. If you already have additional income on top of your contract of employment with the university, you can continue to receive this. Before you take part in the Vitality pact, you need to receive approval for this additional income by means of the Ancillary Activities web application.

    • Will participation in the Vitality pact affect your pension accrual? And what is the distribution of the pension contribution?

      The distribution of the pension contribution (30% employee and 70% employer) remains intact and is calculated over 100% of the original salary plus salary allowances and bonuses. This means your pension contribution remains the same. You will accrue your full pension.

    • Can I supplement my income during the period that I participate in the Vitality pact?

      You may opt to take full or partial retirement with the ABP Multi-Option Pension (KeuzePensioen) scheme. You will then use part of the pension to supplement your income. You decide whether and how much pension you want to use (a minimum of 10%). However, there is no obligation to do this. There are conditions attached to taking up the ABP Multi-Option Pension. You can find these conditions on www.abp.nl.

    • Is there a minimum participation period?

      Participation remains in effect until the employee leaves employment or at least until the AOW State Pension Age.

    • How and where can I register?

      If you wish to take part, you need to submit your request three months before you want to start. You will receive a response from your employer within one month. A request will be approved, unless there are compelling reasons not to, including business interests or if there’s an unacceptable increase in your or your colleagues’ workload. It is also possible that you will be able to take part at a later time, for example at the start of a new academic year.

      The application form is available as dowload below

    • I participate in the Senior Staff Scheme ; can I also join the Vitality pact?

      No, if you participate in the  Senior Staff Scheme 2006” (Article B20 and B21, Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities) then you may not join the Vitality pact.

    • What if I suffer from a long-term illness after joining the Vitality pact?

      What happens if I become ill and 100% occupationally disabled after signing up for the Vitality pact? If you suffer from a long-term illness after joining the Vitality pact, your participation in the pact will end after nine months of occupational disability. The reduction due to occupational disability will then be based on your salary prior to joining the Vitality pact.

    • I still have accumulated leave for a sabbatical, can I take this while I’m taking part in the Vitality pact?

      No, all accumulated leave must be taken before the commencement date.

    • I still have excessive unused leave, can I take this while I’m taking part in the Vitality pact?

      No, all accumulated leave in the Optional Model of Employment Conditions must be taken before the commencement date. Also, the leave balance at the start of the Vitality pact may not be more than an annual balance in the context of your original employment contract.

    • Can I take out pension while I’m participating in the Vitality pact?

      Yes, you can take out a pension in addition to participating in the Vitality pact within 5 years of your AOW state pension age. For more information: www.abp.nl.

    • What if I want to retire earlier?

      You can resign at any time, subject to the notice period, and start taking out your pension.

    • How many days of leave do I accrue during the Vitality pact?

      The number of hours of annual leave will be reduced to the legal minimum for the remaining number of working days. In addition, you will accrue extra leave each week because you are working a little more than the part-time factor of your new working week. The table below shows your annual holiday entitlement in the case of participation in the scheme as well as the number of hours that you work under the new arrangement.

       

      Option A

      20% special leave

      Extent of current employment

      Former working week

      Extent of new working week

      Hours of new working week

      Annual holiday entitlement

      1.00

      38

      0.80

      32

      199

      0.95

      36

      0.76

      30

      188

      0.84

      32

      0.67

      26.5

      168

      0.79

      30

      0.63

      25

      157

      0.74

      28

      0.59

      23.5

      147

      0.63

      24

      0.51

      20

      126

      0.53

      20

      0.42

      16.5

      105

      0.50

      19

      0.40

      16

      100

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Option B

      40% special leave

       

      1.00

      38

      0.60

      24

      149

      0.95

      36

      0.57

      22.5

      141

      0.84

      32

      0.51

      20

      126

      0.79

      30

      0.47

      18.5

      118

      0.74

      28

      0.44

      17.5

      110

      0.68

      26

      0.41

      16

      102

    • What steps are involved in scheduling my new working week?

      Agreements about your new remit will be made in consultation with your supervisor. When you join the Vitality pact, we ensure that your tasks are reduced in line with the reduction in the hours that you work. This is to prevent that participation for you leads to an additional workload. Nor should it generate more work for your colleagues. The organization of the new working week and the transfer of some of your tasks will therefore be arranged in consultation between you and your manager. The financial resources released will be used within the faculty or service department to promote recruitment or promotion.

    • Is there any information available about whether or not the Vitality pact will be extended?

      The Vitality Pact has now been extended to 31 December 2021.