Your pension scheme 2021 in a nutshell

Your employer

Your employer considers your pension important. That is why Wolters Kluwer Holding Nederland pays a large portion of your pension premium. Pension is an expensive employment condition, but a valuable one as well. Wolters Kluwer Holding Nederland has concluded an agreement with Pensioenfonds Wolters Kluwer Nederland. The pension fund must ensure that the pension plan you have agreed with your employer — in accordance with the agreements made in the CLA and social pension committee — is implemented properly.

Your pension fund

For both young and old

The pension fund is an independent foundation that promotes the interests of all employees, former employees and pensioners in an equal and balanced manner. This is the task of the management. The regulators De Nederlandsche Bank and the Autoriteit Financiële Markten ensure that this is carried out properly. No one receives special treatment. The interests of both young and old are represented equally well.

Your pension is being protected

  • At this very moment, the pension fund must take into account the pensions to be paid in the future. All pension agreements are included in our balance, including those of younger colleagues. This capital must therefore already be available. You do not have to be afraid that you will not receive a pension when you retire, no matter what age you are.
  • Each month, the employees pay a contribution. The pension fund invests these contributions and premiums according to a carefully drafted policy. It is constantly being monitored to ensure that there is sufficient capital to pay everyone’s pension. The funding level is one such monitoring devices. A funding level of 100% means that there is exactly enough money to pay the pension agreed with you and your former and present colleagues. There is no way that ‘the funds have dried up’ by the time your pension is to be paid. On the contrary, the pension fund protects the pension to which everyone is entitled.

You and the employer each pay

The total premium for your pension accrual is 24% of your fixed gross salary plus 8% holiday allowance exceeding €14,544. Wolters Kluwer Nederland pays 2/3 (16%) of this premium. You pay the remaining 8%. Based on this premium, you accrue an annual 1.875% of the amount over and above €14,544 in pension with a planned retirement age of 68 years. These percentages and amounts apply to 2021.
Due to the historically low interest rates at the end of 2020, the pension premium was not sufficient to maintain the accrued rate of 1.875% for 2021. Wolters Kluwer therefore agreed to a one-year increase in the pension premium to 31.7%. The additional 7.7% will be paid in full by Wolters Kluwer Netherlands in 2021. For the year 2022 and beyond, a new decision on the premium will be taken by the social partners, with the possibility that the premium will be 24%. Based on the interest rate at the end of 2020, the accrual rate at a premium of 24% in 2022 is expected to be significantly lower than 1.875%. By extension, the partner and orphan pension will also be lower after 2021.

What do you pay for?

  • Retirement pension for yourself
  • Partner’s pension and orphans´ pension after your death
  • Partial or full waiver of premium payment upon disability

You accumulate more pension capital each year

Each year, you accumulate more capital for your final pension benefit. The pension plan is an average wage plan, which is to say that the annual accrual is linked to the fixed salary plus 8% of holiday allowance you earn in that year. Your final pension will therefore reflect the capital you have earned on average over the years you have participated in the pension plan. The more you earn, the more pension you accrue. You accumulate pension capital up to an annual salary of €112,189 (amount for 2021).

Will your pension be sufficient when you retire?

The big pension question is: will you have sufficient when you retire? That is a question only you can answer, for it partly depends on your expenditure and partly on your total (family) income upon retirement. To clarify this question, there is a tool available, called ‘Pensioenschijf-van-vijf’. You can find the link to this tool on the pension fund’s website. You can find here (in Dutch only) more information on this issue on the pension fund’s website.

Do you have a partner?

If you are married or registered as a partner, your pension is also linked to your partner. Your partner will receive life-long pension upon your death. The same applies if you have a partner with whom you live together and have signed a cohabitation contract with. In that case, you do need to send a copy of the cohabitation contract to the pension fund to register your partner. Also, upon termination of the relationship with your married or registered partner, part of the pension you have accrued will be for your ex-partner. This is regulated by law, unless you decide to agree otherwise. You can find more information on this issue on the pension fund’s website

Close to retirement?

You have a number of choices to make as you approach the retirement date.

  • You personally set the exact age when you retire. It is also possible to semiretire and continue to work part-time.
  • In addition, you may have to choose whether you do or do not want to provide cover for your partner to be paid after your death and, if you want cover, what the ratio should be with regard to your accrued retirement pension.
  • Finally, you may want to vary the amount of pension benefit you receive throughout the years, for instance a higher amount during the first 5 to 10 years, followed by a lower pension, or vice versa.
    You can calculate and compare the various options yourself by using a handy calculation module available on the pension fund’s website. You can find it  here (in Dutch only).

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