EFSA salaries

EFSA salaries

This article provides estimated net salaries at EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, located in Parma, Italy.

EFSA is an EU institution that provides independent scientific advice on existing and emerging food-related risks. EFSA expertise feeds into drafting of new EU legislation and policies. EFSA’s overall aim is to protect European consumers from food chain risks. The agency deals not only with food and animal feed safety, but also nutrition, animal health and welfare, and plant protection.

Most EU institutions, including EFSA, 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 EFSA, 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 Italy, 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 EFSA. 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 EFSA. You are a Belgian national (any nationality except Italian 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 EFSA in Parma, your net take-home remuneration package would be around EUR 6652. An Italian national with a similar family situation would earn EUR 5605.

Contract Agent salaries at EFSA

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 1212895.71795284523523402
FG II step 4221195.71856290724133464
FG III step 8283195.72360342329634026
FG IV step 13362495.72961403336824760
Contract agent salaries at EFSA

Administrator salaries at EFSA

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 5501195.74010511449546059
AD 6566995.74487560555346652
AD 7641495.75024615661887320
AD 8725895.75614676269098057
AD 9821195.76254742076988864
AD 10929195.76941812885549740
AD 111051295.776778888948010691
AD 121189395.7845696921047511712
AD 131345795.79222104891148512752
AD 141522595.79759110721239813711
AD 151722795.710670120221363614989
AD 161949195.711612130101494516344
Administrator salaries at EFSA

Assistant salaries at EFSA

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 1305895.72568363632074275
AST 2345995.72851392635524627
AST 3391495.73199428439735057
AST 4442995.73580467444335527
AST 5501195.74010511449546059
AST 6566995.74487560555346652
AST 7641495.75024615661887320
AST 8725895.75614676269098057
AST 9821195.76254742076988864
AST 10929195.76941812885549740
AST 111051295.776778888948010691
Assistant salaries at EFSA

Secretaries and Clerks salaries at EFSA

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 1274595.72289335728923960
AST/SC 2310695.72594366232344302
AST/SC 3351495.72845392435724651
AST/SC 4397695.73228431240015085
AST/SC 5449995.73633472744855579
AST/SC 6509095.74085519050306134
Secretaries and Clerks salaries at EFSA

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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