PROFESSIONAL AND HIGHER CATEGORIES
Level of salaries:
The level of salaries for Professional staff is determined on the
basis of the Noblemaire Principle which states that the international
civil service should be able to recruit staff from from its Member
States, including the highest-paid. Therefore, the salaries of Professional
staff are set by reference to the highest-paying national civil service.
The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC)
makes a periodic check to identify the national civil service of the
Member State which has the highest pay levels and which by its size
and structure lends itself to a significant comparison. The federal
civil service of the United States of America has to date been taken
as the highest paid national civil service.
- Salary scales:
The salary scales for
the Professional and higher categories are based on five Professional
grades (P-1 to P-5), two Director levels (D-1 and D-2) as well as the
levels of Assistant Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General. The scales are expressed as gross and net (dependency and single) base salaries and applied uniformly, worldwide, by all organizations in the United Nations
common system. Net base salary is obtained by deducting staff assessment
from gross base salary.
here for the current salary scale for staff in the Professional
and higher categories (effective 1 January 2012).
Staff assessment is a form of internal tax administered by the organizations.
Staff assessment rates are derived from income tax rates applicable
at the eight headquarters cities of the organizations in the common
system (Geneva, London, Madrid, Montreal, New York, Paris, Rome, and Vienna).
Most member states have
granted United Nations staff exemption from national income taxation
on their United Nations emoluments. However, a few member States do
tax the emoluments of their nationals. In such cases, the organizations
reimburse the income tax to the staff member.
GENERAL SERVICE AND RELATED CATEGORIES
- Level of salaries:
Staff in these categories are paid on a local basis. The level of salaries
is established in accordance with Flemming Principle which provides
that the conditions of service for locally recruited staff should reflect
the best prevailing conditions found locally for similar work. Consequently,
the local salaries are established on the basis of salary surveys which
facilitate the identification of the best prevailing conditions. The
local salary surveys are conducted in accordance with a comprehensive
methodology approved by ICSC. At headquarters
duty stations, ICSC is responsible for conducting salary surveys and
for recommending salary scales for final approval by the organizations
concerned, mainly United Nations and
WHO. At non-headquarters duty stations,
salary surveys are conducted by the United Nations and certain agencies
of the United Nations common system.
- Salary scales:
There is normally only
one local salary scale per country. There are, however, a few cases
where more than one salary scale is in effect in the same country, when
UN offices are established in more than one duty station in the country.
Local salary scales are expressed in local currency as gross, gross
pension, total net, net pension and non-pensionable component (NPC)
per grade and step. They are based on a seven-grade level structure,
except some duty stations. Longevity steps may be included in the salary
scales where local conditions so justify. At other locations, provision
is made for one long-service step in addition to the regular steps for
each grade. To qualify, staff must have been at the top of their grade
for five years and have a minimum of 20 years' service.
here for the current salary scales for staff in the General
Service and related categories (by duty station).
Methodology for Surveys at duty stations other than Headquarters and similar duty stations, effective 1 January 2012: English, Spanish, French
Manual for the conduct of surveys of the best prevailing conditions of
employment at duty stations other than Headquarters and similar duty stations Ė methodology II (2013)
FIELD SERVICE CATEGORY
OTHER IMPORTANT CONDITIONS:
The post adjustment is
one of two main elements (base salary and
post adjustment) comprising the salary of staff in the Professional
and higher categories;
The cost-of-living varies
significantly between duty stations. The post adjustment is designed
to compensate the differences in living costs, thereby providing the
staff with the same purchasing power at all duty stations.
WHO IS ENTITLED? Staff members in the Professional
and higher categories and in the Field Service category who are assigned to a duty station for one year or more;
Staff in the General Service and related categories who are temporarily converted to the Field Service category while on assignment to peace keeping locations.
HOW IS POST ADJUSTMENT DETERMINED?
Differences in living costs
are measured through periodic place-to-place surveys conducted at
all duty stations. The surveys measure the cost-of-living of a duty
station relative to the cost-of-living at the base of the system (New
York) and the results are reflected in a post adjustment index for
each duty station;
Duty stations with higher
costs of living than New York have higher post adjustment indices;
Post adjustment indices
for duty stations are updated monthly on the basis of prevailing local
These updated post adjustment
indices provide the basis for establishing the post adjustment classifications
which specify the number of multiplier points of post adjustment;
One multiplier point is
equal to 1 per cent of base salary;
adjustment multiplier for New York (1)
net salary at P-4 Step 1 single rate (2)
post adjustment amount for P-4 Step 1 single rate (3)=[(1)/100]x
post adjustment (3)/12
The post adjustment is paid in addition to the base salary;
- For a staff member with a dependent spouse or child, post adjustment is calculated regardless of where the dependents resides.
view or download the ICSC
CONSOLIDATED POST ADJUSTMENT CIRCULAR containing multiplier
points for all duty stations, please visit the ICSC's
view or download the POST ADJUSTMENT SCALE FOR NEW YORK, effective
1 February 2013, click here.
- A staff member who is assigned to a duty station classified lower in the schedule of post adjustments
than the duty station in which he or she has been serving may continue to receive up to six months the post adjustment applicable to the former duty station while the members of his or her immediate family (spouse and children) remain at that duty station;
When a staff member is assigned to a duty station for less than one year, the Secretary-General shall
decide at that time whether to apply the post adjustment applicable to the duty station and, if appropriate, to pay an assignment grant and the hardship and non-removal elements of the mobility and hardship allowance, in lieu of the post adjustment, to authorize subsistence payments.
For further information on the post adjustment system, please visit the ICSC's
The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) provides retirement, disability and survivors' benefits for the staff of organizations that are members of the Fund. A full description of these schemes can be found in the UNJSPF Regulations and Rules and at the Fundís website: http://www.unjspf.org. The website also provides contact information, interactive guides, a benefit estimator, access to forms and booklets on specific topics relating to the Fund.
Staff who have an appointment of six months or more or who complete six months of service without an interruption of more than 30 days become participants in the Fund. A
scale of pensionable remuneration, used for determining contributions to the Fund
and for calculating pension benefits, is established for Professional and Field Service staff applicable on a world-wide basis.
Click here for the current scale of pensionable remuneration for staff in the Professional and higher categories.
Click here for the current scale of pensionable remuneration for staff in the Field Service category.
Interns at the United Nations
Headquarters Secretariat are not paid. All costs of travel and accommodation,
including living expenses, must be covered by the intern or any relevant
sponsoring institution. Please see the Internship Programme website
for more information on living expense estimates for New York. Please
visit the UN
Internship Program website for more information.
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