Please find below an overview of Frequently Asked Questions related to Vitality pact. If you cannot find your answer below or if you would like to consult someone, please get in touch with your HR-contact.
- 1. 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.
- 2. When does the Vitality pact take effect?
You can join the scheme on or after 1 January 2019.
- 3. 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.
- 4. 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.
- 5. 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.
- 6. 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.
- 7. 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
- 8. 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.
- 9. 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.
- 10. 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.
- 11. 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.
- 12. 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.
- 13. 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.
- 14. 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.
- 15. Is there a minimum participation period
Participation remains in effect until the employee leaves employment or at least until the AOW State Pension Age.
- 16. 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 here.
- 17. 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.
- 18. 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.
- 19. 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.
- 20. 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.
- 21. 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.
- 22. What if I want to retire earlier?
You can resign at any time, subject to the notice period, and start taking out your pension.
- 23. 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.
20% special leave
Extent of current employment
Former working week
Extent of new working week
Hours of new working week
Annual holiday entitlement
40% special leave
- 24. 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.
- 25. 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.