Employment Conditions

The following is a short description of the primary and secondary employment benefits available to employees of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Current employees can access further information, in greater detail and with accompanying forms, on the intranet (MyEUR) in the Erasmus School of Economics section. To access this page please see the following link.

ABP Pension Fund (in Dutch: Stichting Pensioenfonds, ABP)

ABP is the pension fund for employees in the public sector. The Erasmus University Rotterdam will automatically enroll you in this fund upon entering employment. The employee contribution is currently set at 6,33% whilst the employer contribution equals 14,77%. Please see https://www.abp.nl/english/ for further information.

Value Transfer

If you have already built up a pension elsewhere with a previous employer in the Netherlands, you have the opportunity to transfer this pension to ABP. You will need to apply for this value transfer within the first two months of your EUR employment contract, which can easily be done by visiting the ABP website and following the directions.

Additional/collective Insurance

EUR employees are able to partake in various collective insurance packages for which you receive a discount. Zilveren Kruis Achmea offers a collective health insurance via the collective account of the EUR, and a collective car insurance is available via Allianz. Loyalis offers a disability insurance package (IPAP) which supplements your income in the case you become incapacitated to work. ABN AMRO offers an overall discount to employees who partake in their banking and insurance services.

Flexible work hours and leave

The number of hours of leave to which EUR employees are entitled is laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA). When participating in the flexible working hours scheme, you will accrue extra hours of leave. You can choose to work flexible hours, i.e. you work more hours than arranged in your contract. It will allow you to accrue extra leave.

If you were to work flexible hours on a full-time employment contract, your standard working week would equal 38 hours with an 8-hour working day. This means that, in practice, you work 5 x 8 = 40 hours a week and you accrue 2 hours of additional leave per week. 

Below is a graph which further explains the scheme and the effect it has on the leave total:

Graphic of the working hours

Thus the number of hours of leave per year to which an employee is entitled depends partly on the choices that the employee makes in connection with the flexible working hours regulations.

  • The annual leave to which an employee is entitled if he/she works a standard 38-hour working week is 29 days.
  • If the employee has opted for a 36-hour working week, he/she is entitled to 17 days annual leave.
  • If the employee has opted for a 40-hour working week, he/she is entitled to 41 days annual leave.

In the case of part-time employees, the above applies in proportion to the number of hours of employment.

The Employment Conditions Selection Model (ECSM, in Dutch: KMA)

The ECSM is an advantageous exchange system. By exchanging certain employment conditions according to their wishes or requirements, employees of the EUR can put together their own personal package of employment conditions. Your exchange basis always consists of time and/or money, which are referred to as sources and which can be used for certain purposes.

Time: leave days (maximum 10 days)

Money: holiday allowance or end-of-year bonus

You can decide to put your sources to the following use:

  • Additional commuting allowance
  • Additional pension
  • Additional income
  • Long-term Saving Model
  • Additional leave days (maximum 10)

Note: a number of choices may have tax consequences or affect the amount of a benefit under the Unemployment Insurance Act or Work and Income (Capacity for Work) Act. Using a money source does not affect your pension accrual. Certain purposes entail additional consequences, as set out in the descriptions of the purposes.

Child day-care

At the campus child day-care facilities are available. The centre does not only facilitate day-care for children of the EUR personnel, but these children are prioritised. Please note that there may be a waiting list.

Commuting allowance

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) encourages sustainable choices for commuting. University Services lists the travel expenses for commutes and the options for a personal travel advice and measures to encourage sustainable mobility. It is Erasmus University Rotterdam’s ambition to be one of the most sustainable universities in the Netherlands. One of the factors in achieving that ambition is how we commute between home and the university.

EUR employees are eligible to receive reimbursement for their commuting expenses. Two options are available:

  1. The first is based on kilometers, in which case you will receive € 0,19 per km for a maximum of 30 km per day travelled. You are able to supplement this reimbursement by using your Employment Conditions Selection Model (in Dutch: Keuzemodel Arbeidsvoorwaarden, KMA)
  2. The second option is one where you receive full reimbursement for the use of public transportation up to a ceiling of € 3000 per year based on full time employment.

A subsidized parking rate is available at Woudestein campus for which employees pay € 2,50 per day.


All contracts at EUR are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA, in Dutch: CAO NU) of the Dutch universities (see https://vsnu.nl/en_GB/cao-universiteiten.html). In accordance with the CLA, the University Job Classification (in Dutch: Universitair Functie Ordeningssysteem, UFO) encompasses every possible job profile and levels.

Each job profile/level is linked to a salary scale. Each position within the EUR has been classified within the UFO classification system. The UFO classification results in a corresponding salary scale within the salary scale matrix.

  • Holiday Allowance and the End of year allowance

A holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year payment of 8,3% of your gross yearly salary is paid out each year in May and December, respectively.

Career & development

The EUR believes in the development of its employees and encourages its employees to maximize their sustainable employability. Attending trainings and courses grows your employability and encourages your mobility towards positions which suit your talents. The EUR provides each employee with a Personal Career Budget, which offers you a yearly amount of € 500,- which can be used to enhance your both your personal development and future career development. Furthermore, two development days are given to each employee on a yearly basis which you can also use towards furthering your career development. Last but not least, the EUR stimulates its employees by maintaining a Study Facilities policy, thereby stimulating education and development.

Performance & Development cycle

During the yearly Performance & Development (P&D) cycle employees and their supervisor discuss to what extent the employee has achieved the targets they agreed upon with their supervisor in the previous year. Furthermore, ones professional development and the possibilities with regards to attending relevant trainings will be discussed.

Additional information

General information relating to the HR department can be found on www.eur.nl. For additional queries, you can visit an HR consultant in room L6-001 (Sanders Building), or contact them at hrese@eur.nl.

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