At JAM!, we work with the CLA for Temporary Employees of the ABU in which, among other things, the phase system is established. What is the phase system? And exactly how does the system work? We explain everything you have to know about the phase system below, step by step.


Phase A: 0-78 weeks worked

A flex employee is in phase A until the moment that he/she has worked for 78 weeks. The amount of hours someone works per week is not important here. In this phase, the employee may receive an unlimited number of temporary employment contracts in succession. Both the employee or the employer can terminate the contract at any time. Both parties are obliged to report this to the payroll company at that time. It is possible for both parties to agree to a long-term contract. The count restarts when the employee does not work for 26 consecutive weeks.

Source: Overview of the Collective Labour Agreement for Temporary Employees (ABU) 2017 up to 2019


Phase B: the next four years

Phase B starts as soon as phase A is completed, and the employee continues to work for the same payroll company. A phase B contract means an agreement for a specific period of time. A payroll company may offer a fixed term contract a maximum of six times in a period of four years. The duration of contracts may be determined by the employer, in consultation with the payroll company itself, as long as the maximum duration of four years is not exceeded. In case of an interruption of the temporary employment contract in phase B of six months or less, this time will also be taken into account. The employee starts phase A again as soon as the interruption lasts more than six months.

Source: Overview of Collective Labour Agreement for Temporary Employees (ABU) 2017 up to 2019


Phase C: a contract for an indefinite period of time

After phase B an employee enters phase C, which means that this person gets a contract for an indefinite period. The employee receives a fixed monthly salary, which means more security.

Source: Overview of Collective Labour Agreement for Temporary Employees (ABU) 2017 up to 2019