363 euros from home work allowance: ‘Government sets an example’


The heating is on all day, you make yourself a pot of coffee and there is an extra cupboard on the wall for a good internet connection. Working from home costs an average of two euros extra per day, according to NIBUD.

For the first time, it has now been included in a collective labor agreement that employees receive a home working allowance. Will more collective labor agreements follow? “It is not surprising that it has been included for the first time in the collective labor agreement of civil servants,” says Kitty Jong of FNV. “The government has a kind of exemplary function. We are currently still negotiating for the collective agreements of the municipal government, financial services and call centers.”

Jong emphasizes how important agreements about working from home are. “The home working allowance is part, but we aim for broader agreements about working from home. We suspect that it will remain a structural part of working.” According to her, employers and employees are happy with it “So it is here to stay.”

Make appointments

That is why, says Jong, it is important to make good agreements about this. “Is the workplace safe enough, what about the workload? Now that the situation is taking longer and longer, we feel the need to arrange it properly.”

But to give everyone 363 euros as standard, just like the officials, is not a good idea, she says. “You have to look at what a reasonable amount is. A call center employee incurs a lot of costs, but earns little. What costs do you include? You have to negotiate about that.”

Too little

According to FNV, the two euros per day that NIBUD calculated is too little. “We researched four sectors. Central government, municipal, financial services and call centers. Eighty percent incurred more costs.”

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