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No decrease in the number of dubious PhD contrast, large differences between universities
Last year, a total of 231 dubious positions for PhD candidates were offered. This is 12.3 percent of the total number of PhD vacancies published in that year. This is evident from the Employment Conditions Monitor published by Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) every year. This picture is in line with previous years: the share of dubious contracts fluctuates between 10 and 15 percent. For the first time, the Monitor also shows differences between types of institutions, disciplines and universities. Continue…
On the 5th of June 2020, the employers ‘association and labor union concluded a final agreement on the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities 2020. The parties have agreed on a structural wage increase of 3.0% as of the 1st of June 2020. In addition, all employees receive, a one-off payment of € 750 gross, on the basis of a full-time employment contract.
Furthermore, 0.45% of the wage margin is reserved for financing bottlenecks related to costs caused by Covid-19. This could, for example, be an extension of temporary contracts for PhD candidates. Moreover, an ‘ombudsman’ function is set up at all universities as a result of the evaluation of the ‘ombudsman’ pilot.
Our chair Lucille: “It is great that this collective agreement has made room to help PhD candidates and researchers with temporary contracts if they are delayed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. It is also positive that the ombuds function has a permanent place within the universities. This will hopefully lead to greater social safety within universities. This is certainly important for PhD candidates, because they are in a vulnerable, dependent position. ”
You can read the text of the final collective labor agreement (in Dutch only) here.