Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, INTERMEDIATE Level (AST 4)

European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Intermediate Level AST 4
An overview of the salary and benefits of the European Border and Coast Guard Officer at the Intermediate Level (AST 4).

This article covers just the salary and related benefits of the Intermediate Level European Border and Coast Guards. If you want to get a broader overview, read this article about the European Border and Coast Guard Standing Corps.

The ‘full salary package’ of the Intermediate Level Frontex border guard greatly depends on whether you are a foreigner in Poland and whether you have dependents. Read below on how this is calculated.

* Polish residents without children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 2748.
* Foreigners without children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 3399.
* Foreigners with children can expect a monthly paycheck of EUR 3961.

Basic salary and benefits

Remember that the ‘basic salary’ forms only approximately 50-60% of the total remuneration package, plus, there are significant other benefits of employment like health insurance and pension rights. 

Type of benefitAmount in EUR
Basic salary (after deductions)AST 4, step 1 = EUR 2328
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 2416
Household allowancesAST 4, step 1 = EUR 187
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 189
Expatriation allowanceAST 4, step 1 = EUR 464 – 629
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 484 – 649
Foreign residence allowanceAST 4, step 1 = EUR 116 – 157
AST 4, step 2 = EUR 121 – 162
Dependent child allowances for each childEUR 281
Preschool allowanceEUR 69
Education allowanceEUR 382
Shift allowanceEUR 420 – 946
Standby duty allowanceEUR 2 per hour during weekdayEUR 4 EUR per hour during weekends / public holidays

A sample calculation

The below table and text is an overview of the full-benefits package of a successful candidate in three scenarios:
1) Polish resident with no children
2) Foreigner in Poland with no children
3) Foreigner in Poland with 2 children

If you are a Polish citizen or have resided in Poland for the past five years, you will not receive the Household, Expatriation and Foreign residence allowances. However, you can count on the rest of the benefits.

Type of benefitPolish resident, no childrenNon-Polish resident, no childrenNon-Polish resident, 2 children
Basic salary (after deductions)EUR 2328EUR 2328EUR 2328
Household allowancesEUR 0EUR 187EUR 187
Expatriation allowanceEUR 0EUR 464EUR 464
Foreign residence allowancen/an/an/a
Dependent child allowances for each childEUR 0EUR 0EUR 281 x 2 = EUR 562
Preschool allowancen/an/an/a
Education allowance (up to)Yes, if you have childrenn/aEUR 382 x 2 = EUR 764 (Paid according to real expenses like entry and regular fees, transportation) NOT COUNTED IN THE TOTAL SUM
Shift allowanceEUR 420+EUR 420+EUR 420+
Standby duty allowanceDepends on dutiesDepends on dutiesDepends on duties
TOTAL:At least EUR 2748At least EUR 3399At least EUR 3961
(not counting Education allowance)
Salary calculation, Frontex Border Guard – Intermediate Level

Other benefits

There will also be a number of other benefits:

  • Reimbursement of tuition costs. Costs of school or kindergarten on Polish soil for each child (aged of 2.5 years and up) will be reimbursed up to a limit of 35 000 Polish Zloty (approx. EUR 7650) per school year. This will be discontinued when a European School is opened in Warsaw as children of Frontex staff will be able to attend it for free. 
  • VAT reimbursement on household items purchases within a 12 months period.
  • VAT reimbursement on car purchase, once every 3 years. 
  • Annual leave. Staff is entitled to 24 annual leave days and additional days of leave depending on the grade and age. Additional 2.5 leave days are granted to non-Polish staff to compensate for travel to their home country. 
  • EU pension rights. Entitlement to an EU pension after at least 10 years of service. Pension rights acquired in a national pension scheme may be transferred into the EU pension system. If you leave Frontex (or any other EU institution) before the 10 years, you can transfer out the accumulated pension capital. 
  • Health insurance for you and each family dependent family member. JSIS, the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme reimburses 80-85% of costs of most health care services.
  • Usually new employees of EU agencies are also entitled to the Daily Subsistence Allowance for either the first four months (34.76 EUR per day) or 10 months (43.11 EUR per day) of employment (period depends on residence status and family situation). However, it is unclear from the vacancy announcement whether the Frontex Border Guards would be entitled to this allowance.

Contract duration and probation period

Contract type. Under the ‘Intermediate Level’, candidates are offered an initial contract of 5 years that can be prolonged once to another 5 years. This means that after 10 years in one post the officer’s contract will run out. If you will want to stay with Frontex, you will have to get another post before the 10-year deadline. 

This is contrary to the European Commission practice that temporary agents (grades AD and AST) are granted indefinite contracts after serving two 5-year contracts.

There is a probation period of nine months. It is unclear from the Frontex vacancy announcement when the probation period is started – 1st day of training of 1st day of assuming duties with the agency.

Vacancy announcement

You can download the full Frontex Border Guard 2019 vacancy announcement here. It should be very similar to all the upcoming rounds of selections of the European Border and Coast Guard Officers.

You might also want to read these articles:
Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Basic Level (FG IV)
Salary and benefits – European Border and Coast Guard Officer, Advanced Level (AD7)

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