ECDC salaries

ECDC salaries

This article provides estimated net salaries at ECDC, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, located in Solna, Sweden.

ECDC is the EU’s public health agency similar to bodies in the EU Member States and the United States. It operates since 2005. ECDC’s overall aim is to protect all 500 million EU citizens people from infectious diseases that stem from parasites and such germs as viruses, bacteria and fungi. ECDC collects, analyses and shares data on more than 50 infectious disease topics such as COVID-19, influenza, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, measles, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance and vaccination. ECDC played an active role in EU’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Most EU institutions, including ECDC, 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 ECDC, 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 Sweden, 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 ECDC. 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 ECDC. You are a Belgian national (any nationality except Swedish 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 ECDC in Sweden, your net take-home remuneration package would be around EUR 8265. A Swedish national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 6964.

Contract Agent salaries at ECDC

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 12128118.92231353529234227
FG II step 42211118.92305361229974304
FG III step 82831118.92932425336815002
FG IV step 133624118.93679501045745914
Contract agent salaries at ECDC

Administrator salaries at ECDC

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 55011118.94982635461557528
AD 65669118.95575696468768265
AD 76414118.96242764976889095
AD 87258118.969758401858310010
AD 98211118.977709218956411013
AD 109291118.98624100981062712102
AD 1110512118.99538110421177813282
AD 1211893118.910506120421301514551
AD 1313457118.911457130311426915843
AD 1415225118.912124137561540317035
AD 1517227118.913256149361694218622
AD 1619491118.914427161641856920306
Administrator salaries at ECDC

Assistant salaries at ECDC

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 13058118.93190451739845311
AST 23459118.93542487744145749
AST 33914118.93975532249366283
AST 44429118.94448580755076866
AST 55011118.94982635461557528
AST 65669118.95575696468768265
AST 76414118.96242764976889095
AST 87258118.969758401858310010
AST 98211118.977709218956411013
AST 109291118.98624100981062712102
AST 1110512118.99538110421177813282
Assistant salaries at ECDC

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at ECDC

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 12745118.92844417135934920
AST/SC 23106118.93223455040185345
AST/SC 33514118.93535487544395779
AST/SC 43976118.94010535849716318
AST/SC 54499118.94513587255736932
AST/SC 65090118.95076644862497621
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at ECDC

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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