Last year, many universities of applied sciences disbursed a one-time payment, but that too varied widely: from 100 to 200 euros. An earlier comparative study was carried out by SaxNow, the news website of Saxion University of Applied Sciences.

Attempts failed

“There’s a considerable amount of money involved”, AOb board member Douwe van der Zweep is quoted as saying on the Union’s website. Up until now, attempts to get a clause on work-from-home allowance into the collective labour agreement have failed.

In Van der Zweep’s opinion, all university of applied sciences staff should be getting a work-from-home allowance of two euros a day. That’s also the amount Nibud advises, excluding ICT, telephone and commuting expenses.

30 to 40 euros

For research universities, a lot depends on where you work as well, according to Jan Boersma, board member of FNV Teaching and Research. While it’s true that everyone is getting compensation of at least 25 euros a month for internet charges despite the number of working days, there are also universities that pay 30 or 40 euros, sometimes in addition to a one-time payment, which also varies.

Boersma predicts that academic personnel will also be working more frequently from home after the coronavirus crisis. All the more reason to include dedicated language in the collective labour agreement. Their proposal is for two euros a day as work-from-home compensation, just as it is for staff in universities of applied sciences. “That allowance is in addition to commuting expenses, and the costs of computers, telephone and good internet. We’re also proposing that the employer take on the same health and safety responsibility for the home workstation as on campus.”