Salary of Contract Agents in Function Group FGI (2022 update)

Salary of Contract Agents in Function Group FGI (2022 update)

This article covers the topic of salary for Contract Agents in Function Group I (FGI) (‘agent contractuel’ in French) in the European Commission. The information about FGI salary also directly applies to staff of the European Parliament, European Council, EU agencies and all other EU institutions.

Basic salary

The monthly ‘basic salary’ for Contract Agents in function group I (FG I) in the European Commission ranges from EUR 2128 to EUR 3081. It depends on which grade (1-3) and step in each grade (1-7) the staff member finds herself in. When being hired by EU institutions, new FGI staff usually start out in grade I step 1 or grade 2 step 1 depending on the length of work experience. Once hired, your pay increases every two years as you advance by one step through the salary scales. You salary can increase faster if you are reclassified to a higher step or even grade as a result of good performance in the annual ‘appraisal exercise’.

The highest indicated number of EUR 3081 is for FGI staff that would have spent over 40 years in EU institutions while still staying in function group I. However, you are almost certain to find a position in a different function group with higher pay in a few years once you are within the “EU system”, attain work experience and build your network.

GradeStepStarting basic salary
11EUR 2128
21EUR 2407
31EUR 2723
Contract agent function group I (FGI): basic salary according to grade and step in the European Commission salary scale

Complete remuneration package

Knowing the monthly ‘basic salary’ does not tell you much about your final take-home pay and the full remuneration package. There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, the basic salary can make up anything between ~85% and 130%+ or more of your total remuneration package depending on whether you are entitled to the various allowances. This is especially so if you are an expat or/and have children.

Secondly, the country you are employed in has a significant impact on your total salary due to the European Commission ‘Correction Coefficient‘. Brussels is used as reference, so if you work for EU institutions in Belgium, you get 100% of your salary and allowances. However, 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 Brussels colleague gets due to what Eurostat considers are lower living costs. More on the impact of the Correction Coefficient below.

Contract agents’ remuneration by family and residence status

Below is a sample calculation of an FG II (grade 1, step 1) take-home pay with allowances for four common scenarios for a Contract Agent employed in Brussels, Belgium. If you are in a higher grade, you can do a rough estimate of your salary by adding the difference between basic pay in grade 1 and your actual grade.

  1. SCENARIO 1: Single Belgian national with no children.
  2. SCENARIO 2: Married Belgian national wit
Situation 1Situation 2Situation 3Situation 4
Single Belgian national with no childrenMarried Belgian national with two childrenSingle Italian national with no childrenMarried Italian national with two children
Contract agent
FGI
Basic Pay EUR2128212821282128
Household allowance02390239
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance 16%00582582
Pension contribution 10.10%-214-214-214-214
Sickness insurance contribution-36-36-36-36
Accident insurance contribution-2-2-2-2
EU tax0000
Unemployment Insurance contribution-8-8-8-8
TOTAL REMUNERATION1866296424493546
Contract Agent FGI salary and allowances: full remuneration package

N.B. Please treat the above values only as indicative, because only your EU institution can do a precise calculation based on your individual circumstances and the full set of EU rules.

On top of the above, children would either be guaranteed a place in the European School, or a single Education Allowance per child. The expat family would also get around 1000 EUR annually per family member as a Travel Grant considering the distance to Rome.

European Commission 2022 salary scale for Contract agents FGI

FGIStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Step 6Step 7
Grade 32 723,632 780,162 837,872 896,762 956,873 018,243 080,90
Grade 22 407,812 457,782 508,792 560,862 614,012 668,272 723,63
Grade 12 128,612 172,802 217,882 263,912 310,902 358,862 407,81
Complete basic salary scale for European Commission Contract Agents FGI. Source: Staff Regulations Article 93

Impact of Correction Coefficient on FGI basic pay

The below table shows you the actual Contract Agent FGI basic pay according to the location of your institution. You can read a dedicated article about the Correction Coefficient.

Location
of EU
institution
Correction
Coefficient
Actual
Basic Pay
(EUR)
Amsterdam111.42371
Athina85.21814
Berlin101.42158
Bratislava79.91701
Brussels1002129
Bucuresti68.51458
Budapest76.11620
Dublin133.62844
Helsinki118.62525
Karlsruhe96.92063
København134.22857
Lefkosia82.21750
Lisboa91.41946
Ljubljana84.91807
Luxembourg1002129
Madrid96.32050
München113.42414
Paris119.92552
Praha88.11875
Riga801703
Roma95.22026
Sofia61.71313
Stockholm130.32774
Tallinn86.31837
Valletta942001
Varese91.21941
Vilnius80.11705
Warszawa70.61503
Wien109.62333
Zagreb78.31667
Basic Pay of European Commission Contract Agents in Function Group I (FGI) adjusted by the Correction Coefficient

Take into account that your allowances will also be adjusted by the Correction Coefficient. If you will work not in Brussels, but in another EU location, you should multiply the grand total values in the “scenarios table” to get the actual approximate figure.

Function Groups and corresponding types of duties

The below table presents an overview of what kind of tasks each function group of contract agents is expected to carry out. Note the wording “under the supervision of officials or temporary staff”. In practice, the situation most often is different. Very often there is little difference between the tasks FG III and FG IV carry out, it’s a little bit of a lottery in which function group your position happens to fall. Also, once you start working in these two grades, you might soon notice that the tasks you carry out differ little from what temporary agents AD5 and AD6 perform. The main reason for this situation is the aftermath of the 2008-9 economic crisis when EU Member States exerted pressure on the European Commission to decrease costs. Someone came up with the “clever” solution to administratively “devolve” many positions and tasks from AD to CA positions, without much change to the substance of the tasks performed.

Function groupGradesDuties
IV13 to 18Administrative, advisory, linguistic and equivalent technical tasks, performed under the supervision of officials or temporary staff.
III8 to 12Executive tasks, drafting, accountancy and other equivalent technical tasks, performed under the supervision of officials or temporary staff.
II4 to 7Clerical and secretarial tasks, office management and other equivalent tasks, performed under the supervision of officials or temporary staff.
I1 to 3Manual and administrative support service tasks, performed under the supervision of officials or temporary staff.
Contract Agent Function Groups and corresponding types of duties | Source: Staff Regulations

Allowances and other benefits for EU institutions staff

Several allowances and other benefits can quite significally 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
This article is based on the European Commission Staff Regulations and other publicly available information such as EU institutions’ vacancy announcements.

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