Careers at UMC Utrecht

Employees at UMC Utrecht fall within the scope of the collective labor agreement for university medical centers (CAO UMC). We also have a number of special schemes and facilities, offering an attractive and extensive employment package. A brief description of what they entail is provided below.

Income and insurance

In addition to your monthly salary and an annual vacation allowance, which amounts to 8% of your annual salary, UMC Utrecht gives its employees an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. If you work irregular hours, you will receive commensurate bonus.


One aspect that is not immediately visible – but is important – is a good pension plan. Our pension plan is handled by 'ABP', the largest pension fund in the Netherlands. As an employer, we pay 70% of the premium.

Health insurance

UMC Health Insurance offers good health insurance and supplementary packages at a competitive price. Both unions and employers can influence the price and specific contents of the package via the board of the health insurance company.

Other insurance policies

Discounts are available from Centraal Beheer and OHRA on other forms of insurance, such as a car, travel, home or fire and theft insurance. These insurance companies also offer you extra benefits on mortgages and investments.

Travel costs

UMC Utrecht has a standard allowance of € 0,05 per kilometer to cover the costs of commuting. The ‘employment terms menu’, known as the ‘CAO à la carte’, makes it possible for you to supplement this allowance, up to the maximum tax-free amount of € 0.19 per kilometer (2007).
If you travel to work by bicycle, the ‘CAO à la carte’ makes it possible for you to declare a large percentage of the purchase price of your bicycle in exchange for gross income. This gross/net exchange also offers tax benefits. Calculate your tax benefit by multiplying the tax rate by the cost price of your bicycle.
If you travel to work by public transportation, discounts are available on passes. As a large-scale consumer, we have negotiated collective discounts with Connexxion bus company. Car owners have options for discounts on gas and car insurance – even if you don’t use your car to commute to work.

Employment terms menu – CAO ‘à la carte’

Besides the travel costs and bicycle scheme, our employment terms menu makes it possible for you to trade gross income for time, salary savings scheme or memberships in unions and professional associations.

Combining work and private life

We believe that a good balance between work and private life is important for our employees. That is why we offer schemes that help you find a healthy balance.

Flexible working hours and employment contracts

A full-time position at UMC Utrecht means that you work an average of 36 hours each week. If you want to work part-time, that is usually possible in most cases. UMC Utrecht uses an annual hours system. You can discuss with your manager how you would like to distribute the number of working hours across the year, within the limits dictated by your job.

In consultation with your manager, it is possible for a full-time employee to temporarily work more or less hours than contracted. Hours of overtime are paid based on overtime declarations, or you can save them up to use for extra leave. If you prefer not to be restricted to a set number of hours (or a specific department), it is possible to work on an on-call basis. UMC Utrecht also has a blended form of employment. In this option, you agree to a combination of a set minimum number of hours and an unspecified number of additional hours on an on-call basis. This is known as the ‘plus-minus’ ‘min-plus’ or ‘min-max’ contract. Some departments also offer a ‘parent contract’, in which the department offers work hours during the framework of the standard school day.


As a full-time employee at UMC Utrecht, you are entitled to approximately 21 vacation days per year (169 hours). In addition, there are six to nine public holidays per year. It goes without saying that we also provide the forms of leave that are required by law, such as parental leave and emergency care leave.

Our collective labor agreement (CAO) also makes provisions for (paid) leave for certain personal circumstances. Situations may also arise in which you might want to make agreements with your manager to arrange extra (unpaid) leave. If you would like to take unpaid leave for a longer period of time, you may want to consider participating in our collective life course savings scheme.


As of 2007, UMC Utrecht no longer has its own childcare plan. You receive the employer’s contribution via a tax stipend. We do have our own childcare facility, which is located close to the university in a lovely, renovated farmhouse. It can accommodate a maximum of 100 children, aged 0-4.

Career opportunities

We have various ways of focusing on your performance, development and career opportunities. You will discuss your results and your preferences with your manager at least twice a year. Our Career Center also offers career guidance counseling and gives specific training courses. In the interest of facilitating internal promotions, job openings are initially made available only to our own staff.

Extra benefits

‘Caring for people’ is another core value at the UMC Utrecht. We believe that it is just as important to take good care of our employees. That is why we offer additional benefits, such as in UMC!UIT.

A Company Cultural Subscription offers discounts on theater, concert and performance tickets. After work, you can stay in shape by working out in our own gym or going to the Olympos Sports Complex, diagonally across from UMC Utrecht. Olympos offers some 60 sports to UMC Utrecht staff at a 40% discount. Besides UMC!UIT, the Leisure Association at UMC Utrecht organizes various activities, such as deep-sea fishing and weekend trips to foreign cities. UMC Utrecht also has a ‘Personnel Fund’. This is a fund financed by and instituted on behalf of employees. It is intended to offer employees financial support under favorable terms. UMC Utrecht is able to offer housing options for certain groups of employees, such as first-year student nurses, trainees and (foreign) doctors. UMC Utrecht also offers a wide range of facilities in the hospital to make your workday more enjoyable. This includes the Utrecht Medical Library, a company restaurant with outdoor seating area, various coffee corners, a flower shop and gift shops. Other services offered at UMC Utrecht include passport photo facilities, a hairdresser and an ATM.

UMC Collective Labor Agreement

The full text of our UMC collective labor agreement is available on the website of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU), the UMC employers’ organization. The English version you can find below Over de NFU,  beneath Personeel, Engelstalige CAO.