Compensation Package Update
Published on Wednesday, 28 October 2015
As you are aware, a comprehensive review of the UN compensation package (Professional staff) has recently concluded. Proposals are being tabled at the General Assembly that would appear to result in cuts to professional salaries and allowances (a similar review is about to start for General Service colleagues).
Initial research by our federation (CCISUA) has been conducted by using a case study to illustrate the possible impact. The case study is of a typical staff member in Vienna (P4, step 6) . Please bear in mind that, given the current structure of salaries and allowances, the impact will vary significantly from person to person. The points below describe the scenario:
FOR ALL DUTY STATIONS
Impact of step progression reduced from every year to every two years after step 7: approx. US$ 5000 per annum less in salary six years from now. The loss will increase by the year. The negative impact will generally be highest for lower grades.
If you are a single parent or a parent with a spouse earning above G1, step 1: salary reduced by approx. US$ 2800 per annum. The reductions will be phased in at a rate of one per cent of salary a year until the new lower salary is reached. The negative impact increases with grade.
In addition steps 14 and 15 will be abolished for those not already on them. This will limit progress within your grade
If you receive an education grant: a new sliding scale is being proposed (see below) which may result in an increase or decrease depending on the school and its location. The scale presents marginal rates. Therefore 86 per cent of the first $10,000 is refunded, 81 per cent of the next $5,000 and so on. Only tuition and enrolment fees will be covered.
FOR H DUTY STATIONS (e.g. Vienna)
Impact of mobility allowance no longer being paid to staff with four prior moves who move to Vienna: approx. US$ 3,000 less per annum.
If your child goes to boarding school, boarding will no longer be covered: possible reduction up to $ 10,000 per child per annum.
FOR A TO E DUTY STATIONS
Impact of reduced mobility allowance paid to staff with four prior moves who move to A to E duty stations: approx. US$ 3,000 less per annum.
If your child goes to boarding school, boarding will be capped at $ 5,000 per child per annum. However, boarding will not be covered for tertiary education.
FOR B TO E DUTY STATIONS
Single staff will receive the same hardship amounts as staff with dependent status.
FOR C TO E DUTY STATIONS
You will no longer benefit from annual home leave. It will be every two years.
EDUCATION GRANT SLIDING SCALE
Seven-bracket sliding scale structure (based on data for the 2010/11 academic year)
Claim amount bracket (US $) Reimbursement rate (percentage)
1-10 000 86
10 001-15 000 81
15 001-20 000 76
20 001-25 000 71
25 001-30 000 66
30 001-35 000 61
35 001 and above -
Like our Federation, our Union is also very concerned about these proposals. These would mean that the expected gain in earnings, which should correspond to your career progression, will be reduced.
We therefore urge you as a first step to sign this petition!
For further information,
the full ICSC proposals have now been published and are available here.