Contract Agents Function Group FGIV salary (2023)

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

Basic salary vs. full remuneration package

The monthly‘basic salary’for Contract Agents in function group IV (FG IV) in the European Commission ranges from EUR3624 for grade 13 step 1 to EUR 7602 for grade 18 step 7. The amount of basic salary depends on which grade (13-18) and step in each grade (1-7) the staff member finds herself in.

When you start to work for an EU institution, you will be asked to prove your previous work experience. Depending on the length of it, you will be assigned a particular grade within function group III, which in turn will directly impact your starting basic salary. If you have up to five years of work experience, you’ll be placed in grade 13. Up to 17 years of work experience will place you in grade 14. More than 17 years of experience will place you in grade 16. For the starting basic salary in each of grades 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 see the table below.

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Qualifications and professional experienceGradeStarting basic salary
less than 5 years13EUR 3624
between 5 years and 17 years14EUR 4100
Reached by reclassification or promotion15EUR 4639
17 years or more16EUR 5248
Reached by reclassification or promotion17EUR 5938
Reached by reclassification or promotion18EUR 6719

Important to note – if you start working for an EU institution with 4,9 and 16,9 years of experience, you will not be automatically ‘reclassified’ to a higher grade once you reach the 5 or 17 years threshold. Grades 15, 17 and 18 can only be reached in two ways. Firstly, by being employed at the same institution for a longer period through an exercise called ‘reclassification‘, which in practice means automatic advancement through the European Commission salary scales by one step every two years. Secondly, you can undergo ‘promotion‘ based on good professional performance. A ‘promotion’ allows you to skip several steps or even a grade at once. If you want to be promoted, be sure to not only work hard, but also make your management notice your efforts throughout the year and during the annual ‘appraisal exercise’.

Complete remuneration package

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 ~85% and 130%+ 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.

Contract agents’ remuneration by family and residence status

Below is a sample calculation of an FG IV (grade 13, step 1) salary 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 13 and your actual grade.

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 FG IVContract Agents Function Group FGIV salary (1)Contract Agents Function Group FGIV salary (2)Contract Agents Function Group FGIV salary (3)Contract Agents Function Group FGIV salary (4)
Basic Pay3624362436243624
Household allowance02690269
Dependent child allowance08580858
Expatriation allowance 16%00760760
Pension contribution 10.1%-366-366-366-366
Sickness insurance contribution-62-62-62-62
Accident insurance contribution-4-4-4-4
Unemployment Insurance contribution-21-21-21-21
TOTAL REMUNERATION3094421438474974

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 FGIV

Function groupGradeStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Step 6Step 7

Impact of Correction Coefficient on FGII basic pay

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

LocationEU institutionCorrection CoefficientAdjusted Basic Pay
Amsterdam, NetherlandsEMA111.44037
Barcelona, SpainF4E96.33490
Berlin, GermanyEU Delegation101.43675
Bilbao, SpainEU-OSHA96.33490
Bratislava, SlovakiaELA79.92896
Brussels, BelgiumEuropean Commission, European Parliament, European Council, EDA, SRB1003624
Bucharest, RomaniaECITRCC68.52482
Budapest, HungaryCEPOL, EIT76.12758
Cologne, GermanyEASA96.93512
Copenhagen, DenmarkEEA134.24863
Dublin, IrelandEUROFOUND133.64842
Frankfurt am Main, GermanyECB, EIOPA96.93512
Hague, NetherlandsEurojust, Europol111.44037
Helsinki, FinlandECHA118.64298
Heraklion, GreeceENISA85.23088
Karlsruhe, GermanyJRC96.93512
Lefkosia, CyprusEU Delegation82.22979
Lisbon, PortugalEMSA, EMCDDA91.43312
Ljubljana, SloveniaACER84.93077
Luxembourg City, LuxembourgEuropean Commission, Eurostat, CDT, Court of Auditors1003624
Madrid, SpainEU Delegation96.33490
Munich, Germanyn/a113.44110
Parma, ItalyEFSA91.23305
Paris, FranceEBA, ESMA119.94345
Prague, CzechiaEGSA88.13193
Riga, LatviaBEREC802899
Rome, ItalyEU Delegation95.23450
Sofia, BulgariaEU Delegation61.72236
Stockholm, SwedenECDC130.34722
Tallinn, Estoniaeu-LISA86.33128
Thessaloniki, GreeceCEDEFOP85.23088
Turin, ItalyETF91.23305
Valletta, MaltaEUAA943407
Varese, Italyn/a91.23305
Valenciennes and Lille, FranceERA119.94345
Vienna, AustriaFRA109.63972
Vigo, SpainEFCA96.33490
Vilnius, LithuaniaEIGE80.12903
Warsaw, PolandFrontex70.62559
Zagreb, CroatiaEU Delegation78.32838

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.

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 allowanceand coverage of removal costs (one-time payments)
  • Expatriation allowanceorForeign Residence allowance
  • Household allowance
  • Dependent child allowance
  • European School enrolmentfor children orEducation allowanceif there is no local EU school
  • Healthcare costs reimbursementto 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 expenseswhen 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 sumfuneral expenses, up to EUR 2350

* Salary of Contract Agents FGI
* Salary of Contract Agents FGII
* Salary of Contract Agents FGIII

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This article is based on theEuropean Commission Staff Regulationsand other publicly available information such as EU institutions’ vacancy announcements.

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