During work at Check 5, in 2018/ Loraine Bodewes
(No)(Wo)man at work
(Wo)man at work. That was the name of a series about students and the jobs they do, published last academic year. How are they doing during the corona crisis? Can they do anything for their employers or have they been sent home? Aside from the students in the series, we will also hear from others. This time: Roel Niemark, master’s student of Forensics, Criminology and Law. He is student member of the Faculty Board, student tutor and clerk at the court of justice.
Roel Niemark (27) initially started out at homework supervisor Check5, helping out secondary-school pupils with their questions about planning or assignments. As time passed, his tasks increased. He became head supervisor, responsible for the entire classroom; who had a question, is there a supervisor there ready to help, et cetera. But this all became less and less. “I still work there officially, on paper, but in actual fact I haven’t been there for a few months now. I was supposed to give exam training in the coming period, but now that the central exams have been cancelled, that is no longer necessary. Besides, Check5 has also closed down for the time being.”
Still, Niemark has not suffered financially from the corona crisis. It was his own choice to work less at Check5. He is busy enough with his three other jobs.
Job number one: student member of the Faculty of Law’s Faculty Board. “Students are reimbursed for their role in the representative body; my faculty has chosen to take me on as an employee for 0.2 FTE for two years. So I get paid anyway.” At the same time, you do have to work, one does still have to manage and attend (digital) meetings. By the way, grants and compensation for students is also ongoing.
Job number two, also at the faculty: student tutor in tutorial groups. But he is not on the schedule at the moment, so there is zero income.
Job number three: clerk for the criminal law section at the court of justice. Niemark usually attends cases that come before the magistrates, ‘minor’ offences for which no more than a year imprisonment is pleaded: bag snatching, fraud, car break-in, bodily harm. As a clerk, his place is beside the judge and he notes down everything that is said. Because of the corona measures, there are (hardly) any cases, which means that Niemark doesn’t have much work. But does that also mean less money? “As of 1 January, the Limburg court of law appointed me and a number of other external clerks at the criminal law section as employees. This has to do with the new Normalising the Legal Status of Civil Servants Act.” So he is no longer a stand-by employee, but ‘on the payroll’ with a min-max contract, a flexible contract, depending on how many cases he does. “But I do at any rate have a minimum number of hours.”
In short: there is less money coming in, but “no complaints”. Besides, Niemark still has his student loan, with which he pays a large part of his recurring costs.