This article covers AD 7 salary or how much a Temporary Agent in grade 7, step 1 in a European Union institution can expect to earn.
Basic salary vs. full remuneration package
The ‘basic monthly salary’ for temporary agents AD 7 ranges from EUR 6294 to 7122 (current figures as of July 2020). It depends on which step you are in (1-5) which is directly linked to the length of your employment at an EU institution. The longer you serve, the usually higher your salary gets.
However, knowing the ‘basic monthly salary’ in most cases does not tell you much about your final take-home pay. There are two reasons for this.
Firstly, the basic salary can make up anything between 50% and 100% of your total remuneration package depending on whether you entitled to the various allowances. This is especially so if you have children or/and are an expat.
Secondly, the country you are employed in has a significant impact on your total salary due to the ‘correction coefficient‘. Brussels is used as reference and you get the nominal amount quoted in the Staff Regulations and above. If you work for an EU agency in Scandinavia, your salary and allowances will upped by 18-31% to compensate for higher living costs. Conversely, if you will work for the EU in Bulgaria, you will get only 55% of what your colleague in Brussels gets.
Also, when thinking about employment at an EU institution, you should not only focus on the basic salary, but the full benefits package.
Below is a sample calculation of an AD 7 step 1 salary for four common scenarios for a temporary agent employed in Brussels, Belgium.
- Single Belgian national with no children.
- Married Belgian national with two children.
- Single Italian national with no children.
- Married Italian national with two children.
|ADMINISTRATOR AD7||SCENARIO 1||SCENARIO 2||SCENARIO 3||SCENARIO 4|
|Dependent child allowance||0||836||0||836|
|Education allowance (if child doesn’t attend the EU School)||0||Varying||0||Varying|
|Expatriation allowance 16%||0||0||1051||1185|
|Pension contribution 9.70%||-606||-606||-606||-606|
|Health insurance contribution <0.6%||-106||-106||-106||-106|
|Accident insurance contribution 0.10%||-6||-6||-6||-6|
|Unemployment Insurance contribution 0.81%||-40||-40||-40||-40|
|Special levy 6%||-117||-117||-117||-117|
N.B. These calculations are only indicative as they are based on public sources. Only your institution’s HR department will be able to calculate a 100% accurate figure once you provide all necessary documents.
Correction Coefficient’s impact on Administrator AD7 basic salary
The below table provides a detailed overview of the correction coefficient’s impact on the salary of an administrator ad 7 in step 1. AD7 basic salary in Brussels is highlighted as the reference value.
|City||Correction Coefficient||Administrator AD7 basic salary|
This article is based on the European Commission Staff Regulations and other publicly available information such as EU institutions’ vacancy announcements. As the EU legal documents and even information on the various websites is hard to understand, this article is one from a series that tries to make information about employment in the Commission and other EU institutions more accessible.
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