Salary and allowances

EUROCONTROL offers an internationally competitive salary and family benefits scheme.

Salary

Appointments are made at the entry grade and first step of the job grade bracket which is published in the vacancy notice. Gross remuneration is subject to an internal tax and exempt from national income tax.

Monthly basic salary per grade can be found in the documents below. Final net remuneration will depend on the individual situation (expatriation, dependent children, etc.) or the place of assignment (cost of living).

Allowances

When new staff members join the Agency, they may also be entitled to certain allowances depending on their individual situation, such as:

Expatriation allowance

Under certain conditions, an expatriation allowance equal to 16% of your basic salary, household allowance and child allowance may be paid. To benefit from the expatriation allowance you must not be, nor ever have been a national of the State where you are assigned. Moreover, you must not have habitually resided or carried out your main occupation within the territory of that State before entering into service.

As an international organisation, EUROCONTROL provides you with family allowances which are paid monthly. Depending on your personal situation, you may receive a household, child and/or education allowance:

Household allowance

The household allowance is automatically paid to you should you have one or more dependent children. The allowance is set at a basic amount plus your basic salary. If you are married or in a recognised partnership (same-sex couples), but do not have dependent children, you may receive the household allowance if your spouse or partner is not gainfully employed. If you spouse or partner is working, then the allowance may be granted only if his/her salary income does not exceed a certain threshold.

Child allowance

You are entitled to a monthly child allowance if you have dependent children. This amount is paid per month and per child and is granted automatically for dependent children under the age of 18. It may be extended until the dependent child reaches the age of 26, provided that the child is in full-time education.

You are expected to claim and declare any similar allowance paid from another source either to you or to any other person, on account of your child (e.g. French “allocations familiales”, German “Kindergeld”, Dutch “kinderbijslag”, etc.): similar allowances will be deducted from the EUROCONTROL allowance.

Education allowance

You are entitled to the pre-school allowance which is automatically granted for dependent children up to the age of 5.

If your dependent children attend regularly and on a full-time basis an educational fee-charging establishment at primary/secondary level, you are entitled to an education allowance covering the reimbursement of school fees up to a certain limit and transportation costs relating to the school journey.

If you are entitled to the expatriation allowance, you can enrol your children in one of the European schools at your place of assignment. The cost is borne by EUROCONTROL and is settled directly with the school. If you choose to enrol your dependent children in another institutional school (e.g. Lycée français de Bruxelles, British School, Montessori School etc.) EUROCONTROL will reimburse the cost incurred within the limits of the fee charged by the European school.

Reimbursement of expenses

Other advantages include, under certain conditions, reimbursement of expenses between the moment the staff member is hired and the moment he/she actually takes up his/her duties. These reimbursements are granted under the form of:

Removal reimbursement

The expenses incurred in respect of removal costs are reimbursed to a staff member who has been obliged to change his/her place of residence in order to take up his/her duties.

Daily subsistence allowance

Before carrying out the removal and for a limited period of time, a staff member is entitled to a daily subsistence allowance. This allowance varies between EUR 33.42 and EUR 41.45 per day depending on the grade and family situation.

Installation allowance

An installation allowance of one or two months of the basic salary is paid to an established staff member who has been obliged to change his/her place of residence in order to take up duties.

Travel expenses upon taking up employment

Travel expenses may be reimbursed for the staff member, his/her spouse and dependents actually living in his/her household from the place of recruitment to the place of employment. The basis for calculating the reimbursement shall be a first-class rail fare on the shortest and most economical habitual route by rail. Supporting documents will be necessary.

Annual travel expenses

Once a year, a staff member is entitled to be paid the cost of travel from his/her duty station to his/her place of origin.

Other benefits

At EUROCONTROL Headquarters in Brussels, expatriated staff have the opportunity to purchase a car that is exempted from VAT (currently 21%). This exemption can take place only once and only during the first year after establishment. Similar rules exist at other EUROCONTROL sites.

There are other salary elements, such as:

Unemployment Fund contribution 

The Unemployment Fund contribution is paid for an undetermined or limited-term contract (staff recruited after 2002) if the staff member is unable to find employment following termination of service, provided he/she has not resigned or been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. This fund is financed from contributions by staff and the Member States. The rate of contribution to the unemployment benefit scheme is 0.30% of the basic salary, with 0.10% paid by staff and the other 0.20% corresponding to the employer’s share paid from the Agency’s budget.

Adjustment of remuneration

The fiscal adjustment is used in order to guarantee the same net amount as that existing for EU officials.

Deduction of internal income tax

Agency staff members' salaries are subject to internal tax and are therefore exempt from national tax on income paid by EUROCONTROL, although a higher tax band may be applied by the Member State in question on any other income that a staff member receives from other sources.