The ABU (Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies) and the NBBU (Dutch Association of Mediation and Temporary Employment Companies) have successfully negotiated a new pension scheme for temporary workers in collaboration with the trade unions FNV, CNV, and De Unie.
Effective from 1 January 2026, a unified pension scheme will be implemented, aligning with the SER-MLT (medium-term) advice and the Future Pensions Act (Wtp). The SER, or Social and Economic Council, provides recommendations to the Dutch government and Parliament on socioeconomic policies.
The gross pension premium has been established at 23.4% of the pension basis, with employers contributing 15.9% and employees 7.5%. This distribution, as per the NBBU, brings the pension scheme in line with market standards.
The enhanced pension plan encompasses provisions for old-age pension, survivour’s pension, and disability coverage, ensuring that at least 20% of the premium is allocated to building the old-age pension.
The primary goal of these negotiations was to secure a more favourable pension scheme for temporary workers
The NBBU emphasises that the primary goal of these negotiations was to secure a more favourable pension scheme for temporary workers, aligning with the market. The mandate from the SER-MLT advice was to formulate a market-driven arrangement, and the implementation of the Future Pensions Act played a pivotal role.
Throughout the discussions between employers and trade unions on the new pension scheme, thorough research was conducted to assess market conformity and the technical intricacies of implementing the Future Pensions Act.
Expressing satisfaction with the outcome, Marco Bastian, the Director of NBBU, stated, “We are pleased to have achieved a result that ensures security, stability, and a robust pension scheme for temporary workers starting from 1 January 2026, in accordance with the SER advice.”
At the end of November, members of the involved parties will vote on the proposed pension scheme. If approved, further collaboration with StiPP (Foundation Pension Fund for Personnel Services) will follow to refine the NBBU collective labor agreement for temporary workers, effective from 1 January 2026. The new pension scheme is expected to benefit approximately one million workers, as per the NBBU.