ACER salaries

ACER salaries

This is an overview of net salaries at ACER, the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, located in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

ACER is an EU institution that ensures the integration of national energy markets of EU Member States. The agency supports the EU’s move towards a fully integrated and well-functioning internal energy market, where electricity and gas are traded and supplied according to the highest integrity and transparency standards, so that EU consumers can benefit from a wider choice, fair prices and greater protection. ACER was established in 2011​.

Most EU institutions, including ACER, do a notoriously poor job in communicating their salaries. Very often EU agencies and other EU institutions just indicate the gross basic pay without deductions and allowances, and quite many do not adjust it by the Correction Coefficient which can have a significant impact on an employee’s net take-home pay.

This makes it very hard for people without experience in the EU system to understand one’s actual future income, and is a hindrance for quite many people already employed in EU institutions that consider a career change.

This article series will seek to address the lack of information on actual net salaries in EU agencies and other institutions.

As usual for this type of information, bear in mind the caveat that your precise salary can be calculated only by the EU institution’s HR department that knows your particular professional and personal circumstances.

The salaries below are presented according to four typical personal/family situations of future employees:

  • by type of contract (Contract Agent, Administrator, Assistant, Secretary and Clerk) and
  • function group (FGI-FGIV, AD5-AD16, AST1-AST11, AST/SC1-AST/SC6).

The mentioned personal/family situations are:

Situation 01Situation 02Situation 03Situation 04
Single local with no childrenMarried local with two childrenSingle expat with no childrenMarried expat with two children
The term ‘local’ refers to nationals of the country where the EU institution has its headquarters. The term ‘expat’ refers to employees of the said EU institution that have a nationality of another EU member state.
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To get an idea of your actual salary at ACER, you should look at the right cell in one of the four columns in the tables below that best corresponds to your personal/family situation. In calculating these values we have summed up not only the basic salary, but also the applicable allowances and deductions: household allowance, child allowances, expatriation allowance, pension contribution, sickness, accident and unemployment insurance, as well as community tax. All values in the last four columns are also adjusted by the European Commission’s Correction Coefficient for Slovenia, so they present a realistic approximation of take-home pay/full remuneration package calculation.

The information below gives you a realistic estimate of what you can expect to earn at ACER. People interested in working for EU institutions often only look up the basic pay for their type of contract and grade. This is a mistake as the actual net salary can differ up or down quite a bit, compared to the basic salary.

If you want to understand what elements constitute the full salary package in the EU institutions and their weight in the total remuneration calculation, please read the article applicable to your type of contract: Contract Agents, Administrators, Assistants, Secretaries and Clerks.

How to read the tables

Here’s an explanation of how to read the tables below.

Let’s assume that you have applied for an AD6 Administrator’s vacancy in ACER. You are a Belgian national (any nationality except Slovenian fits here) with a spouse and two children. From the table below you can deduct that your basic salary without any adjustments would be EUR 5669, however, by working for ACER in Torino, your net take-home remuneration package would be around EUR 6054. An Italian national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 5101.

Contract Agent salaries at ACER

FUNC-TION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
FG I step 1212887.11634258921413096
FG II step 4221187.11689264621963153
FG III step 8283187.12148311626973664
FG IV step 13362487.12695367033514332
Contract agent salaries at ACER

Administrator salaries at ACER

FUNC-TION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
AD 5501187.13649465545095514
AD 6566987.14084510150376054
AD 7641487.14573560356326662
AD 8725887.15109615462887333
AD 9821187.15692675370068067
AD 10929187.16317739777858865
AD 111051287.16987808986289730
AD 121189387.176968821953410659
AD 131345787.1839395461045311606
AD 141522587.18882100771128412479
AD 151722787.19711109421241113642
AD 161949187.110569118411360214875
Administrator salaries at ACER

Assistant salaries at ACER

FUNC-TION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
AST 1305887.12337330929193891
AST 2345987.12595357332334211
AST 3391487.12912389936164602
AST 4442987.13258425440345030
AST 5501187.13649465545095514
AST 6566987.14084510150376054
AST 7641487.14573560356326662
AST 8725887.15109615462887333
AST 9821187.15692675370068067
AST 10929187.16317739777858865
AST 111051287.16987808986289730
Assistant salaries at ACER

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at ACER

FUNC-TION GROUPBASIC SALARYCOR-RECTION COEF-FICIENT01| Single local with no children02| Married local with 2 children03| Single expat with no children04| Married expat with 2 children
AST/SC 1274587.12083305526323604
AST/SC 2310687.12361333329433915
AST/SC 3351487.12589357132514233
AST/SC 4397687.12938392536424628
AST/SC 5449987.13306430240825078
AST/SC 6509087.13718472345785583
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at ACER

Allowances and other benefits for EU institutions staff

Several allowances and other benefits can quite significantly boost an EU official’s income. This is largely depends on whether the person is an expat and has a spouse and/or children. When considering a job at an EU institution, people too often do not take these benefits into account. Important – these benefits are available to Administrators in grades AD 5-16, Assistants in grades AST 1-11, Secretaries and Clerks in grades AST/SC 1-6, and Contract Agents in grades FG I-IV.

  • Travel costs on taking up duties
  • Daily subsistence allowance (during probation period)
  • Installation allowance and coverage of removal costs (one-time payments)
  • Expatriation allowance or Foreign Residence allowance
  • Household allowance
  • Dependent child allowance
  • European School enrolment for children or Education allowance if there is no local EU school
  • Healthcare costs reimbursement to a level of 80-85% through the EU’s Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) for the employee and any direct family members and dependents. 100% reimbursement of costs in case of a serious illness
  • Accident insurance
  • Annual travel compensation
  • Birth grant
  • Parental leave
  • Unemployment allowance
  • Removal expenses when leaving your home country and again when leaving your EU institution
  • EU pension, survivors and orphan’s pensions, invalidity allowance
  • Lump sum payments in case of permanent invalidity or death
  • Lump sum funeral expenses, up to EUR 2350

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