UvA employees may themselves determine part of their own terms of employment or exchange them by choosing the options available in the terms of employment menu. Options include saving for more pension, saving or purchasing more annual leave hours or receiving an allowance for specific purposes, such as a new bicycle.
The UvA offers its staff a paid parental leave scheme. Employees who have children of up to 8 years old can take a period of parental leave during which a large part of their salary will continue to be paid. After taking paid parental leave employees can also opt to take unpaid parental leave.
From 1 July 2020 on, partners will be able to take a maximum of five weeks of 'additional birth leave' when their child is born, pursuant to the Additional Leave (Introduction) Act (WIEG: Wet Invoering Extra Geboorteverlof). The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has made the conscious decision to pay the entire salary during the birth leave. This means you will receive your full salary (100%) during this additional leave.
The Dutch Childcare Act is based on the principle that childcare is the responsibility of parents, employers and the government. You can conclude an agreement with a childcare centre or childcare bureau/agency (gastouderbureau) of your choice, and subsequently submit an application to the Tax and Customs Administration ( Belastingdienst) for a reimbursement. If you are eligible for a reimbursement of childcare costs, you will receive a fixed benefit from the Tax and Customs Administration to cover one-third of the costs (the non-income-based benefit). The Tax and Customs Administration additionally arranges an income-based benefit.
You can find more information on the website of the Dutch tax authorities.
The UvA encourages its staff to take an active role in society. Employees who carry out unpaid activities serving a general public interest, such as a board role or supporting school activities, and who acquire new skills, knowledge, energy and inspiration in the process, can apply for a maximum of five leave days per calendar year for this purpose.
If you have a temporary contract and wish to buy a house, you may have difficulty finding a suitable mortgage. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has made agreements with the mortgage brokers De Kredieter in Amsterdam in order to help staff find the best possible mortgage. Of course, certain conditions still apply.