Job Classification

All University posts are classified according to the University Job Classification System (UFO). Your letter of appointment or amendment will state which job profile and level apply to you.

Classification criteria

A University post is classified on the basis of the actual duties assigned to it. The characteristics of the post – the actual duties assigned to it – are compared with the text of a job profile to determine which profile is applicable.
To determine the level of the post, each job profile has classification criteria and rules. The classification rules indicate how the total job level is determined.

Associated salary scale
The job level is linked to a salary scale. Once the job level has been determined in accordance with the procedure, the associated salary scale can be retrieved from the job level matrix

Are multiple function profiles applicable?
If a number of different profiles are applicable, there are two possibilities:
- There are two positions the contents of which complement each other or there are two positions that are closely related; in this case we have a so-called dual job. The level of the job is determined using both job profiles. The higher of the two resulting salary groups applies.
- There are two positions that bear no relation to one another in terms of content, for example, ICT Administrator and Health and Safety Coordinator. In this case, there are actually two different jobs and two different appointments can be chosen for which two different salary levels may apply. It may be that one of the positions is permanent while the other set of responsibilities can be viewed as a role, which may be temporary or not. In that case, the classification of the permanent job will determine the salary.

Checking your classification

You can check your classification yourself on the VSNU Job Classification website. To access the site, you have to log in with your username and password: 

Username: LEI
Password: leiden7

There are three stages to the electronic classification process:

1. Search
You can search straight away for a job profile. There are 6 different search methods: by function title, by function family, by level, by result area, by function map and by synonym.
The results are displayed in a drop-down list. Select the correct result and you will be directed automatically to step 2.

2. Determine the job level
In step 2, you can view the job profile, the classification criteria and associated competences. 

3. Results
In step 3, you can see the results of your selections.

More information: The complete user manual for the computerised classification tool is available in appendix 7 of the UFO User Manual.


1. UFO User Manual (appendix J.1a Collective Labour Agreement)
2. Job level matrix
3. UFO complaints regulations (appendix J.1b Collective Labour Agreement) (in Dutch)
4. Competence Instrument Dutch Universities

Last Modified: 18-05-2016